Historic gunboat in Vicksburg National Military Park
The USS Cairo is a historic Civil War-era naval ship that's located on the ground of the equally-stunning Vicksburg National Military Park. If you love nature and military history, a day at Vicksburg should defiantly be on your bucket list and a visit to the USS Cairo is a must!
The USS Cairo is one of the famous "ironclad" gunboats of the 19th century. It was originally sunk during the battle of Vicksburg and laid at the bottom of the Mississippi river for over a century. The wreck was re-discovered in the 1950's and since then it was been excavated, fully resorted, and converted into a museum. At the park, you can walk around the actual rebuilt ship and see the cannons and then there's a museum inside that has plenty of artifacts like clothing, silverware, ammunition, and guns recovered from the wreckage.