A beautifully staged outdoor exhibit of one of the Union ironclad ships, along with an extensive indoor display of artifacts and history.
We took so long over our drive through the park and visiting the various sites, sightings etc, that we came across the USS Cairo very late in the day. The Park Rangers literally allowed us 5- 10 minutes, and then as we drive out, Locked the Chains of the Gate. DO NOT Make the same mistake. It is staggering to... More
Others have commented on the boat, and I agree with the positive reviews, but what struck me as a woodworker was the amazing ingenuity and skill evident in the laminated wooden framework supporting the boat. I tried to imagine myself designing something so intricate and it made my head swim. At this time of year, there were only 3 or... More
Most don't think about the Navy participating in the battle of Vicksburg but they did have a significant part. Prior to the Union Army's attack on Vicksburg, Union Navy ironclads launched an attack on Confederate forces and the unfortunate civilian inhabitants of Vicksburg in an effort to open up passage along the Mississippi River. The USS Cairo was one of... More
The presention under a huge canopy did all the justice to this magnificent boat. The history of vicksburg is wrapped up in this exhibit which is part of the incredibly moving military park and cementary. 17,000 buried of which 13,000 are unknown.
It would be a huge mistake to not visit the gunboat & museum in your in the area & have any interest in history, especially if you're touring the military park anyway. Outstanding job of displaying the Cairo & having access to "go on-board".
A pleasant surprise to see this historical iron clad reclaimed from the Yazoo River. Never thought these ships were so massive.The personal relics that were retrieved and displayed were also very interesting. For history buff's this will make your day after touring the battlefield here at Vicksburg.
Located in the Vicksburg Military Park, the museum holds the resurrected USS Cairo. The Cairo was built in 1861 in Illinois & was commissioned as part of the Union Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and their tributaries until transferred to the Navy 1 October 1862 with the other river gunboats. On December 12, 1862, while... More
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