Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Seven Ironclads in 100 Days
The USS Cairo and her six sister boats were all named for towns along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Unlike wooden sailing ships used at the beginning of the Civil War, these new ironclads had steam driven engines, armor plating, 13 cannon, and a top speed of nine miles per hour.
Top right: Ironclads were the backbone of the brown-water navy, a fleet designed to operate in rivers and shallow coastal waters.
Bottom left: James B. Eads, engineer and shipyard owner, was hired to build the ironclads at an average cost of $101,808 each.
Bottom right: Ironclads under construction in the Union Marine Works shipyard at Carondelet, Missouri.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 22.536′ N, 90° 52.008′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County Touch for map. Located across from the Cairo Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Torpedoed & Sunk (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Cairo (a few steps from this marker); The Sinking of Cairo (a few steps from this marker); A Crew of Immigrants (a few steps from this marker); Plenty of Firepower - Armor Plated (within shouting distance of this marker); Full Steam Ahead! (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last of it Kind (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Cairo Engine and Boilers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.