One Of The First American Ironclad Warships, USS Cairo Is Right Here In Mississippi

There are several places in Mississippi where you can learn about the Civil War. In addition to museums and battlefields, the Magnolia State is home to the Vicksburg National Military Park. The renowned park is brimming with war-related sites and relics. Among them, you’ll find the USS Cairo, one of the first ironclad warships built at the start of the war. Sunk in battle, the ship sat at the river’s bottom for decades before being raised from its watery grave. Take a look:

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For more information on the USS Cairo and the Vicksburg National Military Park, call (601) 636-0583. You can also visit the park’s website.

Ever been to the Vicksburg National Military Park? Have you visited the USS Cairo? If so, what’d you think? Tell us in the comments section.

This isn’t the only great historic site in Mississippi. Read about others here.

Address: 3201 Clay St, Vicksburg, MS 39183, USA