Yazoo City, city (1990 pop. 12,427), seat of Yazoo co., W central Miss., on the Yazoo River; inc. 1830. It is a trade, processing, and industrial center in a cotton, cattle, and soybean area. There is lumbering and catfish processing, and machinery, transportation equipment, chemicals, clothing, and wire products are manufactured. In the Civil War, the ironclad ram C.S.S. Arkansas was built in a Confederate navy yard there. Union troops occupied the city in May, 1864, and burned many of its buildings.