|USS - CSS Queeen of the West # 3 of 3|
406 ton, sidewheel steam-powered cotton-clad ram, 181 ft. long, She was
originally built in Cinncinati, Ohio in 1854. She played an important
role in June 1862 at the Battle of Memphis. On the 15th and 22nd of
June, in that year, she was twice engaged with the ironclad CSS Arkansas.
On the 2nd of February, 1863 she attacked the Confederate steamer
"CSS City of Vicksburg" under the guns of the Vicksburg fortress. She
used combustable balls soaked in turpentine. The above picture; the
original illustration of the 'Queen' underway, is from "The History of
the Confederate States Navy" by J Thomas Scharf. Page created and
maintained by Gary P. Priolo.