• 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.

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Confederate Headstones, Vicksburg National Cemetery

There are at least three known Confederates buried in Vicksburg National Cemetery, two of whom have graves designated by Confederate headstones.