THE STORY OF A VERY GALLANT NAVAL ACTION
On July 16, 1863, sixty-nine years I ago this summer, a lone American warship of no considerable size, the Wyoming, carried on a successful fight against three Japanese armed vessels and six shore batteries, in the Shimonoseki straits. Among so many brilliant actions fought by our Navy during those Civil War days, this brave fight so far from home was largely lost to sight, or submerged by greater conflicts. In fact some naval historians barely mention it, if at all.
To the writer, who has been through and across these straits many times, the story seems to be worth retelling as an inspiration to our younger officers and as a splendid example of the desperate chances our naval commanders have always been ready to take, when called upon.