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CSS Vicksburg


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Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1857 at New Albany, IN., owned and home ported in New Orleans
  • Seized or bought for use on the river by Confederate government
  • Attempted to reinforce Confederate forces at Natchez, MS. in May 1862, repelled by Union forces
  • While laying at the landing at the City of Vicksburg, 2 February 1963, the steamer was rammed and holed by the Union Navy ram USS Queen of the West and left on fire and sinking
  • Vicksburg remained afloat by being buoyed up with coal barges
  • Her machinery was removed and transported overland to Mobile, AL. for installation in a new ship
  • The hulk of the Vicksburg remained at the City of Vicksburg as a wharf boat
  • Final Disposition, while adrift, 29 March 1863, the hulk was set afire and totally consumed
    Specifications:
    Displacement 635 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam, two sidewheels

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    Vicksburg 199k "The Federal Ram 'Queen of the West' attacking the Rebel Gun-boat 'Vicksburg' off Vicksburg"
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting the 2 February 1863 attack by the US Ram USS Queen of the West on the Confederate steamer Vicksburg at Vicksburg, MS.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59106.
    Tommy Trampp

    CSS Vicksburg
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