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Queen of the West destroying the City of Vicksburg

Dual independent, fully encased sidewheels made Queen of the west a serious threat to Confederate shipping

Queen of the West was the flagship of Colonel Charles Ellet's U.S. Ram Fleet. She played a prominent role in the battle of Memphis, which cleared most Confederate naval forces from the Mississippi. She ran aground near Fort de Russy, Louisiana and was raised and repaired, returning to service in the Confederate Navy. She was set afire at long range by Union gunners and destroyed in April, 1863

Image added on:October 14, 2006


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