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'''CSS <span style="font-style: italic;">COLONEL LOVELL</span> (1861)'''
 
'''CSS <span style="font-style: italic;">COLONEL LOVELL</span> (1861)'''
   
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'''Built:''''' ''Cincinnati, Ohio
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'''Built:''''' ''Wilmington, North Carolina
   
 
'''Commissioned'': '''''1861
 
'''Commissioned'': '''''1861
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'''Summary'''
 
'''Summary'''
   
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''Colonel Lovell ''was a sidewheel cottonclad ram, acquired and converted in 1861 for use by the Confederacy's River Defense Fleet, originally built as the civilian steamer ''Hercules'' at Cincinnati, Ohio. She spent her career defending the Upper Mississippi as part of the River Defense Fleet. Although her precise armament is unknown, it is generally known that she carried a large smoothebore in her bow, likely a 32 or 42 pounder. She was classified as a ram, and may have had a reinforced ram bow, though not all vessels in the River Defense Fleet classified as such had such modifications made.
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''Colonel Lovell ''was a sidewheel cottonclad ram, acquired and converted in 1861 for use by the Confederacy's River Defense Fleet. She spent her career defending the Upper Mississippi as part of the River Defense Fleet. Although her precise armament is unknown, it is generally known that she carried a large smoothebore in her bow, likely a 32 or 42 pounder. She was classified as a ram, and may have had a reinforced ram bow, though not all vessels in the River Defense Fleet classified as such had such modifications made.
   
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''Colonel Lovell ''was part of the attacking force at the[[ Battle of Plum Point]] in May, 1862, which successfully delayed the advance of the Western Gunboat Flotilla and allowed the evacuation of Fort Pillow. During the engagement she fired on the Union fleet, but did not actually ram any of the Union vessels, she was moderately damaged as a result of fire taken from the USS ''[[Benton]]''. She was heavily damaged at the [[Battle of Memphis]] the next month when rammed by the USS ''[[Queen of the West]]'', drifting out of control into further waters. She went down quickly, taking many of her crew with her.
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''Colonel Lovell ''was part of the attacking force at the[[ Battle of Plum Point]] in May, 1862, which successfully delayed the advance of the Western Gunboat Flotilla and allowed the evacuation of Fort Pillow. During the engagement she fired on the Union fleet, but did not actually ram any of the Union vessels, she was moderately damaged as a result of fire taken from the USS ''[[Benton]]''. She was heavily damaged at the [[Battle of Memphis]] the next month when rammed by the USS ''[[Queen of the West]]'', drifting out of control into further waters. She went down quickly, taking many of her crew with her.
 
[[Category:River Defense Fleet]]
 
[[Category:River Defense Fleet]]
 
[[Category:Ships]]
 
[[Category:Ships]]

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