Capt James Evans

Capt James Evans

Death 17 May 1901 (aged 63–64)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
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Published obituary
The Charleston, SC Post newspaper
17 May 1901, page 5


Old Pilot Who Sailed With Semmes on the Alabama


Of the Famous Confederate Cruiser and in Other Naval Service of the Confederacy – The Old Sailor Died This Morning

Capt. James Evans one of the last three survivors of the Confederate cruiser Alabama, died this morning at 7:20 o’clock at his residence, No. 38 Society street, at the age of 65 years.

Capt. Evans has been in failing health for several years, but it was only last Sunday that he took to his bed. It was thought that the attack would last a few days and he would rally, as he has done many times before, but such proved not to be the case. His weakened constitution and the infirmities of his age prevented the recovery, and the end of an eventful and active life came.

Capt. Evans was one of the best known and esteemed members of the Charleston Pilot’s Association. He was an experienced navigator, having followed the sea from early manhood. He was a coast pilot when the civil war began, and he promptly volunteered his services to the Confederate government, which were gladly taken advantage of. He sailed from Charleston on the blockade runner Nashville, one of the first runners of the war. He rendered good service in this capacity until the latter part of 1861, when he was commissioned a lieutenant on the Confederate cruiser Sumter, commanded by Admiral Raphael Semmes. Again Capt. Evans proved his worth, not only as a navigator, but also as an executive officer. To his knowledge of the courses of merchantmen, the success of the Sumter in preying upon the commerce of the United States was due. When the Sumter was finally tied up at Gibralter, Capt. Evans was among the officers and crew of the ship who accompanied Admiral Semmes back to the South.

When the famous cruiser Alabama went into commission in August, 1863, the services of Capt. Evans were again sought. He joined the vessel and served with distinction. He was master’s mate when the Alabama was sunk by the Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France. He was among the officers picked up by the English yacht Deerhound and carried to Southampton.

Capt. Evans was for a while connected with the Confederate steamer Georgia. He was serving at one of the naval batteries on the James river at the time of the evacuation of Richmond, Va.

Capt. Evans continued to follow the sea after the war. He visited all parts of the world and he was an interesting conversationalist on nautical matters.

He was the pilot of the old Charleston – New York line for many years, and later became a member of the Pilot’s Association.

Capt. Evans was a skillful and experienced navigator. He had an excellent record, and when he was at the wheel of a ship there was always perfect assurance that she would be brought safely into port.

Capt. Evans leaves a wife, two sons and two daughters. He was a member of Strict Observance Lodge, No. 73, A. F. M. and also of the Charleston Lodge, Knights of Honor.

The arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

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