April 19, 1864, Things were looking grim for the Union garrison at Plymouth, N.C. Under attack for two days, they had been saved yesterday by the arrival of two gunboats. Today, at 3:30 a.m., the counterattack came--the dreaded CSS Albermarle arrived. She immediately attacked the USS Miami and Southfield, which had been tied together for steadier firing. Southfield was fatally rammed, and the crew frantically cut the cables as the survivors scrambled aboard Miami. Miami turned tail and ran.