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CSS Ivy


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Built, date unknown, as the side-wheel steamer El Paraquay
  • Commissioned as the privateer , V. H. Ivy, 16 May 1861, at New Orleans, CAPT N. B. Baker in command
  • Purchased later in the year by the Confederate Navy, renamed CSS Ivy, LT. J. Fry, CSN in command
  • Ivy participated in the attacks on the Federal blockading squadron at the Head of the Passes in the Mississippi River, 12 October 1861
  • She remained active in the lower Mississippi until May 1863 when she was destroyed by her officers near Liverpool Landing in the Yazoo River prevent her capture by Federal forces
    Specifications:
    Displacement 454 t.
    Keel Length 191'
    Beam 28'
    Depth of Hold 9'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 60 (as privateer)
    Armament
    one 8" gun
    one 32-pdr rifle
    two 24-pdr brass howitzers
    Propulsion
    side paddle wheels
    one vertical condensing beam engine; cylinders, 44 diameter, 11 stroke

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    Ivy 34k Illustration of CSS Ivy. Courtesy 290 Foundation Tommy Trampp
    Ivy 375k Line engraving "Cutter of "USS Niagara"
    USS Niagara (II) hit by a shell from CSS Ivy, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, 3 November 1861. Published in "The Soldier in our Civil War, Volume I, page 126".
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 58783
    Tommy Trampp

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