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

Boatswain's Pipe

This pipe was found in the forward starboard compartment of USS Cairo. Perhaps, during all of the excitement, it was dropped by one of Cairo's two boatswain mates, either 27 year-old Richard Lymont or 25 year-old Charles Smith.

Description (physical):

Material: Silver. L: 13.2 cm, W: 2.4 cm, Tube Di: at mouth end .95 cm, Ball Di: 1.9 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0052
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Padlock

Date:
c. 1862

A variety of these locks found. They were used for locking mess chests as well as personal chests.

Description (physical):

Brass, copper. L 8.4, W 6.7, Th 2.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0053
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Weights

Description (physical):

Iron. Dia 11.3 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0065
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Safe

According to records, the safe had been broken into prior to raising operations. It was empty when recovered.

Description (physical):

Iron. L 50.8 cm, W 37.7 cm, Th 30.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0064
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Scrub Brushes

The initials "AK" are carved about midway of this brush.

Description (physical):

Left: Wood, hog hair. L 27, W 7, Th 1.4 cm; Right: Wood, hog hair. L 18.2, W 8.6, Th 2.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0063
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Coal Scuttle

Men shoveled coal from the Cairo coal room into this coal scuttle to use in the smaller pot-bellied stoves.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 46.4, W 34.3 (including handle), H 34.3 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0062
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Paint Pan, Paint Paddle, Scraper

Date:
c. 1850s

A small can of blue paint with a hand-made paddle cut from a cigar box top.

Description (physical):

Can: Tin, paint. H 8.7, Dia 6.9 cm; Paddle: Wood. L 16.8, W 3.2, Th .48 cm; Scraper: Iron. L 40.8, Head Th .3cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0061
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park