Kudos to Joe, Walt, and Starbuck for the answers to the question I posed here a few days ago.  Here’s as much as I know from an exhibit at Vicksburg.

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I believe a larger number of folks south of the Mason-Dixon Line know a lot more about the Civil War than most of us up here:  even though it’s the sesquicentennialwe don’t have markers like this to remind us.  Behold the USS Cairo, which only exists today because it had an incomplete journey, lasting only a few years before . . .

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boom!  and then getting preserved in Yazoo mud.

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If ever you’re in the vicinity of Vickburg, it’s a sight to behold.

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From midships below the pilot house, looking forward.

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From same position looking over the boilers and through the paddlewheel aft.

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From starboard,

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from behind the stern looking at the rudders,

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And an example of the next generation of ironclads, USS Indianola.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Related:  A West Point-trained Confederate officer charged with defending Vicksburg was a General John C. Pemberton, uncle to the person credited with the invention of an obscure drink called Coca-Cola.

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