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Vicksburg, Mississippi: USS Cairo Sunken Ironclad

Civil War ironclad went to the bottom of the Yazoo River in 1862 after hitting a mine. A century later it was dredged up, restored, and is now part of a museum at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Vicksburg National Military Park

3201 Clay St, Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg National Military Park. Milepost 7.8 along park tour road.
Museum Tu-Su 8:30-4:30; outdoor exhibit open daily. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$20 per vehicle
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USS Cairo Sunken Ironclad

The museum is closed on Mondays. Maybe Tuesday and Wednesday, too. But you can still go on the ironclad.

[Justin, 04/16/2023]
USS Cairo

The USS Cairo in Vicksburg is one of a kind. You can walk around it and through it. There's plenty of parking and it's worth spending the time to visit.

[Carolyn Earle, 02/19/2015]

The Cairo, a Union ironclad, was sunk by a Rebel mine and sat in the mud of the Yazoo River for over 100 years.

Gunboat USS Cairo.

USS Cairo

Sunken gunboat on display in Vicksburg Military Park.

[Emily Leitzinger, 05/24/2013]

Sunk by an electronically detonated mine in 1862, forgotten for nearly a century, discovered in 1956, finally pulled from the bottom of the Yazoo River in 1964. Restored with replica ship elements atop the dredged up hull in the 1970s. Artifacts displayed in its museum.

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