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

The Skylights

 
 
The Skylights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. The Skylights Marker
Inscription. The skylights provided light for the gun deck and the engine room and for inspection of the paddle wheel. The frame of the skylights has been ghosted with the light-colored glu- laminated wood.

During the southern summer, Cairo below decks was oppressively hot. The heat from the boilers worsened the stifling conditions. The skylights and funnels vented some of the heat; fresh air came in through the gun ports.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 22.548′ N, 90° 51.99′ 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 (here, next to this marker); Full Steam Ahead! (a few steps from this marker); Wheelhouse - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); The USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); Chimneys - USS Cairo (a few steps
The Skylights Marker in front of the raised USS <i>Cairo</i>. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. The Skylights Marker in front of the raised USS Cairo.
from this marker); A Crew of Immigrants (a few steps from this marker); Pilothouse - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker); A Ton an Hour - USS Cairo (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The USS <i>Cairo</i> image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
3. The USS Cairo
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 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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