Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Lecture begins at 2:30 PM
Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.
The CSS Arkansas was laid down in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1861. However, the rapid advance of Union forces down the Mississippi forced the Confederates to move the unfinished ironclad to Yazoo City, Mississippi. The rough-hewn ram was completed there by Captain Isaac Newton Brown. On 15 July 1862, Brown steamed the Arkansas through the entire Federal fleet and arrived at Vicksburg. Embarrassed by this action, Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut attacked Arkansas, without success, on the evenings of 15 and 22 July. He attacked Arkansas, without success, on the evenings of 15 and 22 July. The Arkansas’ presence was a factor in Farragut’s decision to leave Vicksburg. When the Arkansas was sent to support the Confederate attack on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ram’s engines failed and the warship was scuttled on 6 August 1862.RSVP Here