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Oct 27, 2014 - USS Cairo

USS Cairo was a City-class ironclad gunboat constructed for the Union Navy by James Buchanan Eads during the Civil War. She was the lead ship of the City-class gunboats, sometimes also called the Cairo class, and was named for Cairo, Illinois. Cairo was the first ship sunk by a naval mine, on 12 December 1862 in the Yazoo River. Cairo served with the Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla, commanded by Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote, on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and their tributaries until transferred to the Navy 1 October 1862 with the...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Vicksburg NMP

Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, waged from May 18 to July 4, 1863. The park, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Delta, Louisiana, also commemorates the greater Vicksburg Campaign, which preceded the battle. Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city. Victory here and at Port Hudson gave the United States control of the Mississippi River. The park includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of historic trenches...

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Dec 3, 2007 - Vicksburg

Day 18 - Cold, windy night. Left early & drove down the Natchez Trail to Jackson & across to Vicksburg. Left my bomber jacket in a BurgerKing restaurant at Jackson. Toured the Vicksburg National Military Park in the afternoon. Free again thanks to our 'Golden Pass'. The Cairo iron gunboat was the most interesting exhibit. Very pretty park with a 16 mile battleground driving tour. The campsite was bit grotty but only the one night here & it was right beside the Military Park. Chap in the next door caravan had a massive Saint Bernard dog tied...

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