• 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?

Old Douglas Headstone, Cedar Hill Cemetery

The 43d Mississippi Infantry's mascot, Douglas the Camel, remained with the regiment until Vicksburg where he was killed by Union sharpshooters. Douglas is honored with his own grave marker in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery.