While we are on the topic, I wish to put in another tale of the effectiveness of the said rams little discussed. There was yet another rebel fleet, be it a loosely called fleet, that we may laid claim that the Ellet’s rams played a major role causing its destruction. Immediately after the Battle of Memphis, the Federals send a raid force down the Mississippi River, and they eventually went up the Yazoo River before ending the operation. This force was composed mostly of Ellet’s rams and their speed caught the Confederates by complete surprise. Here is the background: they by chance stubble upon a collections of Confederate gunboats and maybe a few other vessels who had been mainly the survivors/escapees of the Battle of the Forts (New Orleans). These rebels were trying to concentrate and organize into somewhat of an effective force at this Yazoo River base/landing. Upon appearance of the Federals, for reasons not clear, the Rebels were seized by panic and set ablaze their entire fleet without firing a shot. Thus, another fleet is destroyed, and we are robbed of another Memphis style melee. Maybe the rebels steam barrels were not fired up of movement or they lack adequate crew members as many deserted or they read about Memphis in their newspapers. The conflagration is so immense that a few Federal vessels nearly caught fire themselves.