Grand Illumination Event Information
A Grand Illumination will be held on July 3 from 6-10 pm throughout VNMP. Tour road access is at the Clay St. entrance only and limited to motor vehicles. No pedestrians or bicyclists will be allowed during these hours. Click 'More' for further details. More »
Left: Ear syringes, pill tile and other medical supplies were used by the USS Cairo's surgeon and the surgeon's steward, John W. Gerten, who listed his occupation as a butcher prior to the war!
Right: Close-up of tourniquet clamps (upper left), small ointment box (lower left), and rubber arterial sutures. The sutures were pliant and elastic when salvaged from the Cairo in 1964.
Left: Parts of a scale (weight pan, arm, and iron weight) were recovered along with this foot tub, which was found in the gunboat's pilot house.
Center: Some of the medicine bottles recovered from the USS Cairo still contained their original liquids and compounds.
Right: The bottles contained such medicines as castor oil, chlorate, quinine, rhubarb, sulfur (an antidote for itch), zinc chloride (used as an antiseptic and astringent), and ferric chloride (prescribed by the Cairo's surgeon as an iron tonic).
Did You Know?
Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most heavily monumented parks in the world with over 1330 monuments, markers, tablets, and plaques. The beauty and artistry of its monumentation prompted one Civil War veteran to call Vicksburg National Military Park, "the art park of the world."