Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Torpedoed & Sunk
What sank the USS Cairo? Some historians believe Confederates, lying in wait along the riverbank, detonated the mines (called torpedoes in the Civil War) electrically. Other experts think the underwater mines were strung on a line across the channel. When the Cairo hit the line, her forward motion pulled the torpedoes against the side of the boat where they detonated.
Cairo was 16 miles up the Yazoo River when she hit Confederate mines.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 22.538′ N, 90° 52.006′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Union Avenue. Touch for map. Located across from the Cairo Museum. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sinking of Cairo (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Cairo (here, next to this marker); Seven Ironclads in 100 Days (here, next to this marker); A Crew of Immigrants (a few steps from this marker); Chimneys - USS Cairo (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); 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.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the USS Cairo.. (Submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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