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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.
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 sesquicentennial, we 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 . . .
boom! and then getting preserved in Yazoo mud.
If ever you’re in the vicinity of Vickburg, it’s a sight to behold.
From midships below the pilot house, looking forward.
From same position looking over the boilers and through the paddlewheel aft.
from behind the stern looking at the rudders,
And an example of the next generation of ironclads, USS Indianola.
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.