• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Armor - Iron Plating on the USS Cairo

Gun Ports #3 and #4

Gun Ports #3 and #4

NPS Photo

The starboard (right) side of the gunboat shows gun ports number 3 and 4. The iron plating was mounted as part of the sloping casemate that enclosed the gun deck. The 2-1/2 inch thick charcoal plate iron was originally backed by a two foot thickness of white oak timbers. Without the wood to absorb the shock of shot and shell hitting the iron, the metal would have shattered like glass.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The civilians of Vicksburg endured their first naval bombardment of the Civil War during the summer of 1862?