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CSS General Polk
Career (Confederate States of America) Naval ensign of the Confederate States of America (1863–1865).svg
Name: CSS General Polk
Namesake: Leonidas Polk
Builder: New Albany, Indiana
Launched: 1862
Commissioned: 20 April 1862
Fate: Burned to prevent capture, 26 June 1862
General characteristics
Class & type: paddle steamer
Tonnage: 390 tons
Length: 280 ft (85.3 m)
Beam: 35 ft (10.7 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion: Side wheels

2 × 1 - 32-pounder Muzzle-loading rifles

1 × 1 - smoothbore 32-pounder gun

The CSS General Polk (known casually as the Polk) was a vessel of the Confederate navy during the American Civil War. Originally a side-wheel river steamer built in 1852 named either Ed Howard or merely Howard, she was purchased for $8,000 by the Confederacy in 1861 and outfitted for service as a timberclad river gunboat. Under the command of Flag Officer G. N. Hollins, she fought at the Battle of Lucas Bend and served in defence of Columbus, Kentucky and the Mississippi River. Being given to Lieutenant J. H. Carter thereafter, she served at New Madrid, Missouri before returning to New Orleans. Following Union victory she was burned near Yazoo City on June 26, 1862.[1]


  1. "General Polk". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 

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