Let’s head into the Civil War’s western theater from the safety of our digital devices this weekend! Vicksburg National Military Park has created a virtual tour of the USS Cairo, completely with a close up examination of the history and artifacts in the exhibit.
The vessel acted like a time capsule after it sank in the Yazoo River on December 12, 1862. Thankfully, no crew members were lost when the ironclad struck the underwater torpedoes and consequently sank. Mud and river silt preserved the ironclad and its contents until 1964 when it was raised, cataloged, and prepared for display.
There is a lot to explore in this well-crafted, online display. Start clicking, exploring, and learning sometime this weekend.