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U S S Cairo Gunboat and museum , Vicksburg Mississippi National Military Park.
U S S Cairo Gunboat and museum,
Present day USS Cairo showing armor and cannon.
One of seven shallow-draft City Class river ironclads, The U.S.S. Cairo was commissioned in January of 1862. Named after towns along the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers, the seven formidable City Class gunboats prowled the Mississippi River and connecting shallow waterways, menacing Confederate supply lines and shore batteries.
The Cairo’s career was short, seeing limited action in battles at Plum Point, Tennesee (also known as the battle of Fort Pillow) in May,1862, and Memphis, Tennesee in June, 1862.
The Cairo's skipper, Lt. Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., was an aggressive and skilled captain. On the cold morning of December 12, 1862, Selfridge led a small flotilla of gunboats into the hazardous confines of the Yazoo River. Tasked with destroying Confederate batteries and clearing the river of torpedoes (underwater mines) the flotilla inched its way up the murky waters. As the Cairo reached a point seven miles north of Vicksburg the flotilla came under fire and the aggressive Selfridge ordered his guns to the ready and called for full steam, bringing the ironclad into action. Seconds later, disaster struck. Cairo was rocked by two explosions in quick succession. The first tore and gaping hole into the port (left) bow of the wooden hulled ironclad. The second detonated a moment later near the armored belt amidships on the starboard side. The hole on the bow proved to be catastrophic. As the doomed ironclad took on water, Selfridge ordered the Cairo to be beached and the crew to abandon ship. Within twelve minutes the Cairo slid from the river bank into six fathoms (36 feet) of water without any loss of life.
Over the years the gunboat was forgotten and her resting place was slowly covered by a shroud of silt and mud. Protected by this protective ‘cocoon’, Cairo became a time capsule in which her priceless artifacts were preserved in a largely oxygen-free environment. Her whereabouts became a matter of speculation as members of the crew had died and local residents were unsure of the location.
As the Centennial of the Civil War approached, Edwin C. Bearss, Historian at Vicksburg National Military Park, was able to plot the approximate site of the wreck. Using a pocket compass and probes, Bearss and two companions, Don Jacks and Warren Grabau, set out to solve the mystery. By 1956, they were reasonably convinced they had found the Cairo, but three years lapsed before divers brought up an armored port cover confirming the find. A heavy accumulation of mud, a swift current, and near zero visibility deterred the divers as they explored the submerged gunboat. Local enthusiasm and interest began to grow in 1960 with the recovery of the pilothouse, an 8-inch smoothbore cannon with its wooden carriage and other artifacts. Following financial support from the State of Mississippi, the Warren County Board of Supervisors and funds raised locally, efforts to salvage the gunboat began in earnest.
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Cranes raising the USS Cairo from the Yazoo River, 1966.
Hopes of lifting the ironclad and her cargo of artifacts intact were crushed in October of 1964 when the three inch steel lifting cables cut deeply into the Cairo’s fragile wooden hull. A decision was made to recover the Cairo in three sections. By the end of December 1964, the remains were put on barges and towed to Vicksburg. In the summer of 1965, the Cairo was again loaded unto barges and towed to Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. There the armor was removed, cleaned, and stored. The two steam engines were taken apart, cleaned and reassembled. Sections of the hull were braced internally and a sprinkler system was operated continually to keep the white oak timbers from warping and checking. Nevertheless, it was here exposed to the elements and hurricanes, that the Cairo began to deteriorate in earnest.
In 1972, the United States Congress enacted legislation authorizing the National Park Service to accept title to the Cairo and reassemble the remnants for display and preservation in Vicksburg National Military Park. Delays in funding halted progress until June of 1977, when the Cairo was returned to the park and partially reconstructed on a concrete foundation near the Vicksburg National Cemetery. The recovery of artifacts from the Cairo revealed a treasure trove of weapons, munitions, naval stores, and personal property that help tell the story of the sailors that once called the ship home. The gunboat and its artifacts can now be seen along the tour road at the USS. Cairo Museum.
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USS Cairo, an Iron Clad Gunboat from the American Civil War, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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USS Cairo an Iron Clad Gunboat from the American Civil War is located in the Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
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The documentary focuses on James Buchanan Eads and the important role he played in building the first United States ironclads. Listen to historians (Louis S. Gerteis, David Hinze, and Ronald Bolte) tell us about James Eads and how he built the City Class ironclads. We start off with a brief history about James Eads and how he won the contract to build the ironclads. We continue with the building of the gunboats based on Samuel Pook's designs at the Eads Boatyards. We visit the Vicksburg National Military Park home of the only remaining James Eads City Class ironclad, the USS Cairo. Then we learn more about how the ironclads were able to prove their worth in the Western Theatre of operations during the American Civil War. We conclude with a brief summary of James Eads contributions to America.
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Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, waged from May 18 to July 4, 1863. The park, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Delta, Louisiana, also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign, which preceded the battle. Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city. Victory here and at Port Hudson gave the United States control of the Mississippi River.
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On February 12, 2016 Ed Bearss visited the New England Civil War where he talked to a standing room only crowd about the Siege of Vicksburg.
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DOWNTOWN VICKSBURG MISSISSIPPI CITY TOUR
Driving through downtown Vicksburg Mississippi.
Vicksburg is a city in western Mississippi. It’s known as the site of a key Civil War battle. The Siege of Vicksburg is commemorated at the vast Vicksburg National Military Park, which encompasses the Vicksburg National Cemetery and the restored USS Cairo gunboat. The landmark Old Court House has a museum displaying Civil War artifacts. The Lower Mississippi River Museum features an aquarium and interactive exhibits.
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Object #5 - Ironclads
One of the most famous naval battles in history occurred between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia. Although the battle itself it ended in a draw, the introduction and successful use of ironclads nevertheless was a pivotal moment in naval history, and made wooden ships irrelevant. Dr. Scott Harmon, former Director of the USNA Museum discusses two historic pieces of iron that came from the battle's participants.
Vicksburg Mississippi During The American Civil War
Vicksburg during American Civil War was the key to winning the war as Vicksburg was the connecting point of the Confederacy.
The south controlled a very sharp bend in the Mississippi river at Vicksburg where supplies were transported back and forth between the east and west sides of the river, known as the Trans-Mississippi area.
Jefferson Davis called Vicksburg the nailhead that holds the South’s two halves together. If Vicksburg fell, the south would be split into two areas. Lincoln referred to it simply as the key.
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Vicksburg, Mississippi visit in October 1997.
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Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi
The Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, waged from March 29 to July 4, 1863. The park, located in Vicksburg, Mississippi (flanking the Mississippi River), also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign which led up to the battle. Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city. Victory here and at Port Hudson, farther south in Louisiana, gave the Union control of the Mississippi River.
Lower Mississippi River Museum - Vicksburg MS
#ilovervlife #vicksburg #mississippirivermuseum The Lower Mississippi River Museum has been created by the US Army Corps of Engineers and access is free. The museum provides an extensive amount of information about the Mississippi river and river life in the area. Another area of interest is the M/V Mississippi IV and the displays showing life aboard this vessel. The former towboat was used by the US Corps of Engineers for over 30 years.
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Top 14. Best Tourist Attractions in Vicksburg - Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park, U.S.S. Cairo Museum, Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg Riverfront Murals, Old Courthouse, Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center, Vicksburg National Monument, Old Court House Museum, The Old Depot Museum, Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Anchuca Mansion, McRaven House, Warren County Welcome Center, Catfish Row Children's Art Park
EXTERIOR VIEW OF THE U.S.S. CAIRO, THE CIVIL WAR IRONCLAD
This video shows the exterior length of the salvaged U.S.S. Cairo the Civil War ironclad gunboat sunk by a mine in 1862. Starting at the rear of the boat notice the wooden rudders and the video then scans the port side lengtth. The gray bands located near the top of the smoke stacks identify the Cairo from other Union gunboats.
Vicksburg Campaign Tour - Part 5
A tour of the Vicksburg Campaign taken by members of the Louisville Civil War Round Table on April 24 - 26, 2003. Our tour guide was Terry Winschel, Historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park.
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