Chest

It is believed that this small chest belonged to Cairo Seaman, H. R. Brown.

Description (physical):

Wood, metal. L 26.7, W 16.5, H 16.5, Wood Th 1.1 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0050
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Lamp Globe

This lamp globe still retains a sooty covering on the inside from the last time that it was used aboard Cairo.

Description (physical):

Glass. H 13.3, Dia 25.4 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0056
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

Coins

Date:
c. 1855, c. 1700, c. 1861

The wide array of coins reflects the varied backgrounds of men aboard the Cairo. The following coins were recovered: Irish Half Penny George III with a hole in harp on one side, a Portuguese 80 Reis dating back to the late 1700's, A large English Penny, Queen Victoria dated 1855, A U.S. silver Three-Cent Piece dated 1861 and an Indian-Head Penny also dated 1861.

Description (physical):

Copper. Dia 2.9, TH .16 cm; Silver. Dia 2.2, TH less than .16 cm; Copper. Dia 1.9, TH less than .32 cm; Silver. Dia 1.4 cm, TH less than .16 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0045
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

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

Bed Pan

Description (physical):

Pewter. Di: (bottom) 25.4 cm, (top) 18.1 cm; L: (handle) 11.6 cm, Th: 4.6 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0043
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

Shoes

Date:
c. 1851, c. 1862

There were three types of shoes found on board the USS Cairo. The storeroom contained an unused style of Navy issue shoes. The Navy shoes were black leather high tops with leather strings; soles were three layered and heels four layered. Hobnails were used on the sole and heel. These shoes were made using lasts for left and right feet.

Description (physical):

Wood. L 27, W 5.6, TH 7 cm; Leather. L 29.8 cm; W (of sole) 9.8 cm; H 12.4 cm; Leather. L 25.4 cm; W (of sole) 8.7 cm; H 9.5 cm; Leather. L 26 cm, Heel Layers: 0.4 cm, Shank: T(2) X 0.5 cm; Leather. L 25.4 cm; W (of sole) 8.7 cm; H 9.5 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0051
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park