fresh impulse to the study of the short but brilliant career of the Confederate armored ram, Arkansas.
The scene of her engagements was on the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers, near and at Vicksburg, and in the vicinity of Baton Rouge.
The heroic fighting of four distinct actions within a week, viz: from the 15th to the 22nd of July, 1862, inclusive, by this single vessel, against the heaviest odds recorded in naval history, places her name in the same class as that occupied by the Virginia (Merrimac) in Hampton Roads, March, 1862, and by the Tennessee in Mobile Bay, August, 1864.
But it is no disparagement of the gallant fighting on board of those last boats to say that the record of the Arkansas is sufficient to put her first of all, among the three armored rams.
It is not too much to say that the Arkansas was the dread of the Union fleet on the Mississippi River; and that it was feared she might clear the river between Vicksburg and New Orleans, recapturing the latter city for the