Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Plenty of Firepower - Armor Plated
Plenty of Firepower
Ironclads like the USS Cairo came equipped with 13 heavy cannon. It took a crew of six men to position and fire each gun. As Cairo prowled the rivers north of Vicksburg, it could use its cannon to pound Confederate forts, battle enemy gunboats, and sink shipments of supplies headed to Confederate armies.
Interlocking iron plates, like the ones you can see to the left of the cannon, protected the pilothouse and sloping casemates from enemy fire. Behind the 2-1/2 inch thick plates were white oak planks 12 to 25 inches thick. When the iron plates took a hit, their wooden backing kept them from shattering.
More Iron Needed
Look to your right beyond the walkway. Cairo's crew added those iron railroad rails to protect the boat's exposed forward casemate.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hog Chains - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); Pilothouse - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); Capstan - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); A Ton an Hour - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); A Crew of Immigrants (a few steps from this marker); Chimneys - USS Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sinking of Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedoed & Sunk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.