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Arkansas-class ironclad
Class overview
Name: Arkansas-class
Builders: John T. Shirley & Co., Memphis, Tennessee
Operators: Confederate States Navy
Built: 1861–62
In service: 1862
Planned: 2
Completed: 1
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Type: Casemate ironclad
Length: 165 ft (50 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draft: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Installed power: 2 propellers
Propulsion: 2 Steam engines
Speed: 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph)
Complement: 200 officers and enlisted men
Armament: designed for 6-8 guns

The Arkansas-class ironclads were a pair of casemate ironclads built for the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War.


Ship Builder[1] Laid down[1] Launched[1] Commissioned[1] Fate[1]
CSS Arkansas John T. Shirley & Co., Memphis, Tennessee October 1861 22 April 1862 26 May 1862 Destroyed to prevent capture, 8 August 1862
CSS Tennessee Never Burned to prevent capture, 5 June 1862


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Silverstone, pp. 150–51


  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). Civil War Navies 1855–1883. The U.S. Navy Warship Series. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-97870-X. 
  • Still, William N., Jr. (1985). Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads (Reprint of the 1971 ed.). Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0-87249-454-3. 

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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