Wrist Irons

Date:
c. 1862

Cairo Commander, Thomas O. Selfridge was a very strict disciplinarian. Leg and wrist irons were used on prisoners and on crew. If a crewman was found to be drunk and disorderly, or if he uttered a curse word, he was placed in irons and put below deck as punishment.

Description (physical):

Ferrous metal, L: 2.5 cm, Dia: 1.1 cm, L (bar): 3.7 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0001
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Uss Cairo Pavilion

Creator:
Bob Pickett

Postcard showing the reconstructed remains of the USS Cairo.

Description (physical):

3.5x5.5

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
PC1.17
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Soap Dish; Feeding Vessel

This is one of three of the white soap dishes that survived intact.; This anthropomorphic shaped feeding dish with a spout was used to feed the sick.

Description (physical):

Ironstone. L 13.5, W 10.3, H 5.7 cm; Ironstone. Feed Dish: L 12.7, mouth diam 8.3, H 4.1 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0023
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Pill Tile

This graduated pill tile was used to measure and prepare ointments and pills for the U.S.S. Cairo crew.

Description (physical):

Porcelain, L 17.9, W 17.9, TH 1.1 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0024
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Beads

Date:
c. 1862

An assortment of jewelry was discovered. Found among the jewelry was this cluster of lavender beads on interlocking rings.

Description (physical):

Stone, metal. Bead: Dia 11.1 cm, Riing: Dia 1.1 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0036
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Us Navy Combs

Date:
c. 1851
Creator:
I.R. Comb Company

These seaman's' combs are evidence of the enduring quality of hard rubber. They were undamaged after being underwater for more than a century! They carry the raised letters, "I.R. Comb Co, GOODYEAR'S Patent, May 6 1851." The reverse side carries, "U.S. NAVY." The combs came from the Quartermaster's storeroom and were not issued. After the USS Cairo was raised, the Park was contacted by Ace Comb Company who indicated that they still had the original comb molds.

Description (physical):

Top: Rubber. L 17.1 cm, W W 4.8, Th .5 cm; Bottom: Rubber. L 17.3 cm; W 4.6, Th .48 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0035
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Brush

Date:
c. 1855
Description (physical):

Wood. L 25.7, W 7.6, Th .3cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0034
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Hairbrush

Date:
c. 1850s

This wooden hairbrush back was recovered from Cairo without its bristles.

Description (physical):

Wood. L 2.8, W 6.4 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0033
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Toothbrush

Date:
c. 1862

Miraculously, wooden toothbrushes survived, albeit without their bristles, even after having rested on the bottom of the Yazoo River for over 100 years.

Description (physical):

Wood. L 15.4; W 1,3 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0032
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Cairo Hatband

Date:
c. 1855
Description (physical):

Cloth. L 42.2 cm, W 3.7 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0031
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park