(Str: a. 1 32-pdr.)
Arrow was seized by the Governor of Louisiana in
1861and turned over to the Confederate Army. Fitted out as a gunboat, Arrow operated in Mississippi Sound protecting the water route between New Orleans and Mobile. On 13 July 1861 she steamed in company with Oregon to the vicinity of Ship Island Light where they sought unsuccessfully to lure USS Massachusetts under the shore batteries. She aided in removing Confederate troops from Ship Island, Miss., during September 1861. When the Confederacy evacuated New Orleans in April she sailed up the West Pearl River. There on 4 June 1862 she was burned to prevent capture.
Arrow, a tug, was operated by the Virginia State Navy at Norfolk, Va. early in 1861. She was ordered on picket duty in the vicinity of Craney Island under command of Lt. Peter U. Murphey. Deemed "inefficient" as a picket she may have rendered towing service in that area. There is no evidence that she was actually taken into the Confederate States Navy.