Civil War Lecture: CSS Arkansas

The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • FREE with Museum Admission: $0.00

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

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. Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was so embarrassed by this action. 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.

Free with Museum admission.