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Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The USS Cairo

 
 
The USS <i>Cairo</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. The USS Cairo Marker
Inscription.
History
Completion of Plans: July 6, 1861
Request for Proposals: July 18, 1861
Contract Signing: August 7 1861
Contract Delivery: October 10, 1861
Actual Delivery: January 15, 1862
Building Site: Mound City, Ilinois
Commissioning: January 16 1862
Namesake: Cairo, Illinois
Names of the seven City Class Ironclad
River Gunboats:
St. Louis (later Baron De Kalb), Carondelet,
Cairo, Cincinnati, Mound City, Louisville,
Pittsburg

Transfer from Army to Navy: October 1, 1862
Sinking: 11:55 a.m., December 12, 1862

Complement
Officers: 17
Petty Officers: 27
Seamen: 111
Landsmen: 3
Apprentices: 1
Firemen: 12
Coal Heavers: 4
Total Complement: 175
Enlisted Men: 158
Officers: 17

Commanders
Lt. James M. Pritchett, USN
Lt: Nathaniel Bryant, USN
Lt. Comdr. Thomas O. Selfridge, USN

[Photo captions]
Top middle: The only known photograph of the USS Cairo was taken early in 1862 at Cairo, Illinois.
Right: Lt. Comdr. Thomas O. Selfridge captained Cairo when she was sunk.

 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
View towards the front of the USS <i>Cairo</i>. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. View towards the front of the USS Cairo.
32° 22.554′ N, 90° 51.986′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Confederate Avenue and Union Avenue. Touch for map. 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. U.S.S. Cairo Engine and Boilers (a few steps from this marker); The Skylights (a few steps from this marker); Full Steam Ahead! (a few steps from this marker); A Crew of Immigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sinking of Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); Plenty of Firepower - Armor Plated (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. 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.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the USS Cairo. (Submitted on November 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View from the marker of the interior paddle wheel. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. View from the marker of the interior paddle wheel.
The USS <i>Cairo</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
4. The USS Cairo Marker
Photographed in the Mississippi River area during 1862, with a boat alongside her port bow, crewmen on deck and other river steamers in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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