Soap

Large chunk of white powdered soap survived the years beneath the Yazoo River.

Description (physical):

Soap. L 19.7, W 10.2, TH 5.7 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0044
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Name Stencils And Wooden Block

Date:
c. 1862

The crew used name stencils to mark their clothing and other personal belongings. Those found aboard Cairo were hand carved and rectangular in shape.

Description (physical):

Stencil: Wood. L 13.8, W 1.3, TH 1.9 cm; Block: Wood. L 14, W 1.0, T 1.6 cm; Stencil: Wood. L 13.7, W 1.3, TH 1.9 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0046
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Medal

Made for Swett's Battery Light Artillery.

Description (physical):

Metal L 21.2, W 10.0 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0047
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Mirror

Description (physical):

Glass L 16, W 11.4, TH .6 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0048
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Mirror

Description (physical):

Glass. L 16.5, W 12.4 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0049
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

French Grammar Book Spine

The spine of a French grammar book was recovered, leading historians to believe that at least one Cairo Sailor was a student of French.

Description (physical):

Leather. L 18.1, W 6.8 cm; Spine: W 3.2, H 1.6 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0042
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Pocketwatch

Two pocket watches were recovered. This watch is in a round brass case. The face, glass and hands are gone. Some of the inner works are still intact. A small handle remains on top for a chain.

Description (physical):

Brass. Dia (of case) 4.9, T 1.3 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0041
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Watch Chain

Description (physical):

Gold. L 30.5, Dia .48, Dia (disk) 1.6 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0040
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Shaving Brush

Description (physical):

Wood, bristles. L 7.8 cm, Holder Dia 2.4 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0039
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Straight Razors

Date:
c. 1862

Cairo sailors used staight razors or "cut throats" for shaving.

Description (physical):

Metal, wood. Blade L 14, W 2.1 cm; handle L 14, W 1.9 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0038
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park