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Civil War Lecture: USS Cairo

October 20 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

USS Cairo

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Lecture begins at 2:30 PM

Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.

One of the first Union ironclads constructed, USS Cairo was a City-class gunboat built at Mound City, Illinois, by James Eads. This class of ironclads gave the Union a tremendous advantage during operations along the Mississippi. The Cairo fought at the battles of Plum Point Bend and Memphis before being assigned to the Yazoo Pass Expedition. On 12 December 1862, Cairo became the first warship sunk by a hand-detonated torpedo.


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October 20
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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(757) 596-2222