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The USS Cairo: History and Artifacts of a Civil War Gunboat

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On December 12, 1862, while patrolling Mississippi's Yazoo River, the ironclad U.S.S. Cairo struck a Confederate torpedo. Twelve minutes later, the gunboat slipped beneath the surface approximately eight miles north of Vicksburg, where it remained for exactly 102 years. When researchers raised it in 1964, they were amazed to find many of its compartments and artifacts perfectly intact, almost as if the sailors had intended that their ship serve as a time capsule. Today, the Cairo is a snapshot of life aboard a Union gunboat ...

The USS Cairo: History and Artifacts of a Civil War Gunboat 2006, McFarland & Company, Jefferson

ISBN-13: 9780786422579

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