• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Capstan

USS Cairo Capstan

USS Cairo Capstan

NPS Photo

The gunboat's capstan was capable of moving weights of several tons. It was a steam-driven or hand-driven winch used for pulling in the anchor, moving guns on the gun deck, and hauling lines.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

In 1903, Massachusetts was the first state to erect a memorial to its soldiers who served during the Vicksburg campaign on the grounds of Vicksburg National Military Park.