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“Fascinating side trip within Vicksburg Battlefield”

U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Vicksburg
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Owner description: Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.
Reviewed December 4, 2013

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 the participants in the attack. Pulled from the bottom of an old Mississippi river channel, this ironclad Yankee river based gun boat has been remarkably restored and placed under a protective tent for generations to come visit. Adjacent the actual boat remains, is an indoor museum/gift shop which has relics from the battle and some history behind the ironclad riverboats of the civil war. I would recommend this as an important stop within the Vicksburg Battlefield site.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

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.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

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".

Thank CD W
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Amazing up-close look at an in-progress restoration of a Civil War-era ironclad. Artifacts in the interpretive center bring home the human aspect of the riverine war.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

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.

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