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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
    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

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