The ironclad USS Cairo

The USS Cairo

The USS Cairo was designed by James Eads (of Eads Bridge fame here in St. Louis) and launched from Mound City, Illinois, which is on the Ohio River in extreme southern Illinois, just across from Cape Girardeau. It was part of a fleet of ironclad that patrolled the Missisippi and its tributaries in the western theatre.

It was sunk by  a mine in 1862, but was recovered in 1964 and now sits in The Vicksburg National Military Park.

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