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Ammunition Box
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Many ammunition boxes of all sizes, as well as box fragments were recovered from within the powder magazine of the U.S.S. Cairo. This box is held...
Beads
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
An assortment of jewelry was discovered. Found among the jewelry was this cluster of lavender beads on interlocking rings.
Bed Pan
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Bincoculars And Case
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This pair of binoculars belonged to Captain William T. Rigby.
Boatswain's Pipe
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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...
Brush
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Bucket
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This bucket was most probably used by Cairo crewmen to perform their morning duties of scrubbing and swabbing the deck.
Bugle Mouthpiece
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Bullet Molds
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Bullet mold for .44 Caliber weapons. There are two cavities, one for round ball, one for conical bullet.
Buoy
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Cairo's buoy served as a floating marker for the vessel.
Cairo Hatband
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Candle
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Even candles with wicks survived the ill-fated ironclad. Candles were made of spermaceti.
Chest
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
It is believed that this small chest belonged to Cairo Seaman, H. R. Brown.
Coal Scuttle
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Men shoveled coal from the Cairo coal room into this coal scuttle to use in the smaller pot-bellied stoves.
Coins
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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...
Compass
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This is all that remains of the small brass compass.
Confederate Flag
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Small Confederate flag presented to a large cannon called "Widow Blakely.” Flag bears 11 stars on field, should be 13 but 2 have been torn out...
Daguerreotype
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Daguerreotype of an unknown man.
Fifes
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Fifes recovered from U.S.S. Cairo provided entertainment and amusement during the long, days for the 175 member crew.
Firebox Door
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
One of only two remaining boiler fire door's that were recovered from U.S.S. Cairo. Originally there were five firebox doors affixed to the firebox...
Firing Mechanism
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This firing mechanism or gun lock is from a 32 PDR (Pounder) Cannon. The navy locks recovered from the Cairo are the type patented by E. Hidden. The...
French Grammar Book Spine
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
The spine of a French grammar book was recovered, leading historians to believe that at least one Cairo Sailor was a student of French.
Grand Army Of The Republic Medal
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This medal belonged to William T. Rigby. It carries the inscription, "Grand Army of the Republic, 1861, Veteran, 1866"
Grenades
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
These Ketcham grenades were discovered aboard Cairo. The grenade has an open hole in one end. The plunger shaft fitted in this hole. They were used...
Hairbrush
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This wooden hairbrush back was recovered from Cairo without its bristles.
Knife
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Many of these square bladed knives used for cutting rope were found on board the Cairo.
Knife
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
One of many pocket knives recovered.
Lamp
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Lighting devices of all kinds were found on the vessel. This lamp has been identified as a Petticoat hand lamp.
Lamp Globe
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Lamp Globe
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This lamp globe still retains a sooty covering on the inside from the last time that it was used aboard Cairo.
Lice Comb
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Only surviving nit comb which was used for combing lice out of the hair.
Medal
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Made for Swett's Battery Light Artillery.
Mirror
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Mirror
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Name Stencils And Wooden Block
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
The crew used name stencils to mark their clothing and other personal belongings. Those found aboard Cairo were hand carved and rectangular in shape.
Padlock
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
A variety of these locks found. They were used for locking mess chests as well as personal chests.
Paint Pan, Paint Paddle, Scraper
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
A small can of blue paint with a hand-made paddle cut from a cigar box top.
Photo Album: Generals Of The South
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This album features Southern generals, including "Stonewall" Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, James Ewell Brown "Jeb"...
Pill Tile
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
This graduated pill tile was used to measure and prepare ointments and pills for the U.S.S. Cairo crew.
Pilot House Flap
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Not included in the original blueprints for constructing the City Class Gunboats, these heavy square iron flaps were called Pilot House Flaps. They...
Pipe
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Pistols
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Both pistols are double action. In a double action revolver, squeezing the trigger pulls back the hammer both to cock the gun as well as serving to...
Pocketwatch
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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...
Powder Flask
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Made by Dixon and Son
Safe
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
According to records, the safe had been broken into prior to raising operations. It was empty when recovered.
Safety Lamp
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
The safety lamp was used in the powder room of the Cairo to light the magazine. It was placed inside of a box that was part of the magazine bulkhead...
Scrub Brushes
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
The initials "AK" are carved about midway of this brush.
Shaving Brush
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Shoes
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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...
Signal Board
Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Signal board recovered from Cairo's pilot house. Copper wires ran to the engine room to work the brass bell. A horse shoe was found nailed to the...
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