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On the morning of December 12, 1862, the Union gunboat Cairo, nosing her way up the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, triggered two Confederate demijohn mines. Within minutes the 512-ton ironclad had sunk six fathoms to the muddy bottom with no loss of life-the first armored war vessel ever downed by an electronically activated mine. A whole new era of naval warfare had begun. In Hardluck Ironclad Edwin Bearss tells how he and two other Civil War historians discovered the Cairo almost a century later-still intact ...

Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo 1980, LSU Press, Baton Rouge

ISBN-13: 9780807106846

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Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo 1980, Louisiana State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780807106839

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