CSS Ohio Belle, a 406-ton side-wheel river steamer built
at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1855, was used by the Confederate Army
as a watch boat on the Mississippi River. She was captured at
Island Number Ten on 7 April 1862. In 1864, Ohio Belle
was employed as a U.S. Army transport. Following the Civil War,
she operated briefly under the name Alabama Belle before
being broken up in 1867.
This page features our only view of CSS Ohio Belle.
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.