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Sterling Price, born in Prince Edward County, Va., 20 September 1809, attended Hampton-Sydney College 1826-27, and studied law under Creed Taylor. He was Chairton County's representative in the state legislature 1836-38 and 1840-44, and was elected Speaker of the House in 1840. Price was elected to Congress in 1844 but resigned in 1846 to enter the Mexican War as a Colonel. He later became a Brigadier General and served as Military Governor of Chihuahua. General Price then moved to Missouri and was elected Governor in 1852. He was president of the State Convention of 1860 and was placed in command of the state militia. After collecting 5,000 troops, General Price united with the forces of Confederate General McCulloch and won the battle of Wilson's Creek 10 August 1861. After capturing 3,000 Federal troops at Lexington in September, Price retreated into Arkansas and officially joined the Confederate Army in April 1862. He met setbacks at Corinth, Miss., in 1862 and at Helena, Ark., in 1864 before defeating Union General Steele at Red River. He withdrew into Texas in 1864 and in 1865 after the defeat of the Confederacy, he escaped to Mexico. Following the collapse of Maximillian's empire, General Price returned to Missouri, where he died 29 September 1867. Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
| CSS General Sterling Price
|358k||"Admiral Porter's Fleet Running the Rebel Blockade of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th 1863." Text under the print's title reads:
"At half past ten P.M. the boats left their moorings & steamed down the river, the Benton, Admiral Porter, taking the lead -- as they approached the point
opposite the town, a terrible concentrated fire of the center, upper and lower batteries, both water and bluff, were directed upon the channel, which here ran within
one hundred yards of the shore. At the same moment innumerable floats of turpentine and other combustible materials were set ablaze. In the face of all this fire, the
boats made their way with but little loss except the transport Henry Clay which was set on fire & sunk."
Ships depicted are (from the front to the rear:
USS Benton (flagship);
USS Lafayette with
USS General Price alongside;
USS Mound City;
USS Carondelet; transports
SS Silver Wave;
SS Forest Queen;
SS Henry Clay; and
Currier & Ives, New York. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Beverley R. Robinson Collection.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 76557-KN (Color)
|40k||CSS General Sterling Price under way on a western river, date unknown.
The Photographic History of The Civil War in Ten Volumes: Volume Six, The Navies. The Review of Reviews Co., New York. 1911. p. 85.
|373k||"Battle of Fort Pillow, First position" Engraving published in Rear Admiral Henry Walke's Naval Scenes and Reminiscences of the Civil War in
the United States ... (1877), depicting the action between the Confederate River Defense Fleet and Federal ironclads near Fort Pillow, Tennessee, 10 May 1862. Confederate
ships, seen at right, include (from left to right):
CSS General Earl Van Dorn,
CSS General Sterling Price,
CSS General Bragg,
CSS General Sumter and
CSS Little Rebel. The Federal ironclads, in the center and left, are (from left to right):
USS Mound City,
USS Carondelet and
USS Cincinnati. A Federal mortar boat is by the river bank in the lower right.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 2049
|177k||"The Great Naval Battle before Memphis, June 6, 1862". Engraving after a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in "Harper's Weekly",
depicting the action between the Confederate River Defense Fleet and Federal warships off Memphis, Tennessee. In the foreground, the print depicts the Confederate ships
(from left to right):
CSS General M. Jeff Thompson (shown sinking);
CSS Little Rebel (shown burning);
CSS General Sterling Price;
CSS General Beauregard (shown being jammed by the Ellet Ram
CSS General Bragg (shown aground) and
CSS Colonel Lovell (shown sinking). In the background are the Federal warships (from left to right):
USS Queen of the West;
USS Saint Louis; a tug; and
USS Benton. The city of Memphis is in the right distance, with a wharf boat by the shore. Harpers Weekly, 28 June 1862.
Sons of the South - Memphis Naval Battle
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58891
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|119k||USS General Sterling Price off Baton Rouge, LA., 18 January 1864, with USS Lexington in the left background. The original print is mounted on a Carte de Visite.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53870.
|87k||USS General Sterling Price off Baton Rouge, LA., 18 January 1864.
The original print is mounted on a Carte de Visite.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53869.
|48k||USS General Sterling Price tied up at a Western Rivers settlement, circa 1863-65.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60329.
|66k||Pen and ink drawing by Samuel Ward Stanton of USS General Sterling Price.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65459. Collections of the Navy Department, 1967.
|US Navy Commanding Officers|
|Acting Vol. LT. Richardson, James F. Richardson||1863 -1864|
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