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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
Story of the Confederate armored ram Arkansas. From the Sunday news, Charleston, S. C., Nov. 12, 1905. Her achievements Unmatched in Naval warfare. By Rev. John Johnson D. D., ( Major of Engineers C. S. Army.) The recent appearance of Volume 19, Series I, of The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, has given 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
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Building and Commissioning of the Arkansas. (search)
s from the frontispiece illustration in Vol 19, Official Records, above mentioned. Her engines were low pressure, and her two propellers acted independently. It is said she also had a steam hose apparatus, by which she could repel boarders—a novelty first introduced in naval warfare. * * Gen. Van Dorn reported thirty-seven vessels of the enemy were in sight from Vicksburg. * * * He therefore commanded Lieut Brown to take his vessel through the raft at Haine's Bluff, * * * and attack the upper fleet of the enemy to the cover of the Vicksburg batteries. The Yazoo empties into an old channel of the Mississippi, twelve miles above the city of Vicksburg; and this old channel runs into the main river three miles below the mouth of the Yazoo. In order to reach the landing at Vicksburgh it was necessary for Lieut Commander Brown to pass his vessel by no less than forty of the most formidable sloops, gun, boats, rams and transports then in the service of the United States navy. Scharf