Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

C.S.S. Pontchartrain


City: North Little Rock

County: Pulaski

Location: River Trail beneath Main Street Bridge

Sponsor: ACWSC, NLR History Comm., ANCRC, Preserve America

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 566941
UTM-Y: 3845869
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 34.75275815
Longitude: -92.26861346

Marker Text

C.S.S. Pontchartrain

The elegant steamboat Lizzie Simmons was built in 1859 and ran between Memphis and New Orleans until the Confederate Navy bought her in 1861 and converted her into a gunboat, the C.S.S. Pontchartrain. The vessel fought on the Mississippi River until ordered to serve on Arkansass rivers. Her crew fought at St. Charles and Arkansas Post, but the Pontchartrain remained at Little Rock, a threat to Union sailors. She was burned near here when Little Rock fell in 1863, though one of her cannons now sits in the front yard of the Old State House.

No. 34

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
North Little Rock History Commission
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
Preserve America, National Park Service, Department of the Interior


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