CSS Arkansas

Ironclad ram of the Confederate States Navy, lead ship of its class

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The C. S. S. Arkansas by R. G. Skerrett
Confederate States of AmericaConfederate States
Name: Arkansas
Namesake: State of Arkansas
Ordered: 24 August 1861
Builder: John T. Shirley, Memphis, Tennessee
Cost: CS$76,920
Laid down: October 1861
Launched: 24 April 1862
Fate: Destroyed by her crew, 6 August 1862
General characteristics (1862)
Class and type: Arkansas-class ironclad
Displacement: approximately 800 tons
Length: 165 ft (50 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draft: 11.6 ft (3.5 m)
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Complement: 232 officers and men
  • Ram at the bow
  • 2 × 8 in (203 mm) Columbiad smoothbores in bow ports
  • 2 × 6.4 in (163 mm) Brooke rifles in stern ports
  • 2 × 6.4 in (163 mm) Brooke rifles, 2 × 8 in (203 mm) Dahlgren smoothbores and 2 × 32 lb (15 kg) smoothbores in broadside ports.
Armor: Casemate: railroad iron over wood and compressed cotton. Pilothouse: 2 in (51 mm). Top: 1 in (25 mm). Stern: boiler iron only

CSS Arkansas was an ironclad ram of the Confederate States Navy named after the State of Arkansas. Arkansas is most noted for her actions in the Western Theater, when she steamed through a United States Navy fleet at Vicksburg on 15 July 1862 during the American Civil War. She was set on fire and destroyed by her crew after her engines broke down on 6 August. Her remains lie under a levee near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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