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CSS Ohio Belle

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1855 at Cincinnati, OH.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned, CSS Ohio Belle circa 1862
  • Captured by the Union Forces on 7 April 1862 at Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River
  • Placed in service by the US Army as a watch boat
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 460 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    Yazoo 112k "View of Steamers Sunk by the Rebels Between Island Number Ten and New Madrid"
    Line engraving, based on a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting ships sunk by the Confederates off their fortifications at Island Number 10, circa 7 April 1862. As identified on the engraving, the ships are (from left to right):

    USS Champion,
    CSS Yazoo,
    CSS Grampus,
    CSSJohn Simonds,
    CSS Red Rover,
    CSS Admiral,
    CSS Ohio Belle,
    CSS De Soto,
    CSS Kanawha Valley,
    CSS Winchester and
    CSS Mars. Most of these vessels, some of which were not sunk, were later employed by the Union forces.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59024
    Tommy Trampp
    Casco 127k "Hamburg Landing, Tennessee, Commissary Depot of Major-General Halleck's Army." Published in Harper's Weekly, May 31, 1862 and originally sketched by artist and eye-witness, Alexander Simplot. Hamburg Landing was about 4 miles below Pittsburg Landing, [Commissary] Depot of Gen. Hallek's Army. It was an encampment of Union soldiers along the river. The CSS Ohio Belle side-wheel river steamer had been captured April 7, 1862. In Simplot's original drawing of the steamboat the name appears on the side of the boat as, "Ohio Belle." However, the published print does not indicate the name of the boat. Perhaps it was removed for security purposes. Tommy Trampp

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