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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Vicksburg & Queen of the West

 
 
The <i>Vicksburg & Queen of the West</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. The Vicksburg & Queen of the West Marker
Inscription. On February 2, 1863, the U.S.S. Queen of the West, a converted ram, attacked the C.S.S. Vicksburg, then lying at the city's landing. Almost completely destroyed in the action, the Vicksburg's engines were removed and sent to Mobile for reuse. The Queen of the West was captured by the Confederates on February 14 and later burned.
 
Erected 2003 by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 32° 21.057′ N, 90° 52.991′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Mulberry Street south of Levee Street. Touch for map. Located in the Catfish Row Art Park, next to the Mississippi levee. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1111 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Firing on the A.O. Tyler (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamer Sultana (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S.S. Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt
Catfish Row Art Park and the <i>Vicksburg</i> & <i>Queen of the West</i> marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Catfish Row Art Park and the Vicksburg & Queen of the West marker.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing the Mississippi (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicksburg Waterfront Circa 1907 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedication of the Illinois Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Regarding The Vicksburg & Queen of the West. The City of Vicksburg, a 625-ton side-wheel steamer, was built at New Albany, Indiana, in 1857 for civilian use. She was employed by the Confederacy in 1862-1863 for transport services. On 2 February 1863, while tied up at Vicksburg, Mississippi, the City of Vicksburg was attacked by the U.S. ram Queen of the West and seriously damaged. Her machinery was removed after this incident and later was reported sent to Mobile, Alabama, for installation in another ship. The City of Vicksburg's hulk was used as a wharf boat at Vicksburg until March 29, 1863, when she went adrift, floated down the river and was destroyed by fire.
 
Also see . . .
The USS <i>Queen of the West</i> image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 1854
3. The USS Queen of the West
Watercolor of the USS Queen of the West.
 Wikipedia article on the USS Queen of the West. (Submitted on May 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The <i>Vicksburg</i> & <i>Queen of the West.</i> image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
4. The Vicksburg & Queen of the West.
The Federal Ram Queen of the West attacking the rebel gun-boat City of Vicksburg off Vicksburg, Mississippi on 2 February 1863. After ramming the City of Vicksburg, the Queen's forward guns fired combustible balls saturated with turpentine into the ship, but her own cotton cladding caught fire in the conflagration and was forced to withdraw.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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