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Admiral (1862)

CSS Admiral, a small side-wheel river steamer, was used by the Confederacy as a picket boat on the Mississippi River. She was captured by Federal forces when Island Number Ten fell on 7 April 1862 and was thereafter employed by the Union Army.

This page features our only view of CSS Admiral.

Photo #: NH 59024

"View of Steamers Sunk by the Rebels Between Island Number Ten and New Madrid"

Line engraving, based on a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting ships sunk by the Confederates off their fortifications at Island Number 10, circa 7 April 1862.
As identified on the engraving, the ships are (from left to right): Champion, Yazoo, Grampus, John Simonds, Red Rover, Prince, Admiral, Ohio Belle, De Soto, Kanawha Valley, Winchester and Mars. Most of these vessels, some of which were not sunk, were later employed by the Union forces.