A photographic mural depicting the only known photograph of the USS Cairo at her commissioning, is located at the museum entrance.
Left: Admiral David Dixon Porter, Commander of the Mississippi Squadron. Porter refused to hold a court of inquiry on the sinking of the USS Cairo. With experienced officers in demand, he immediately reassigned Lt. Commander Selfridge to command of the USS Conestoga.
Center: Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge. Selfridge was commander of the USS Cairo when the vessel was sunk by a Confederate torpedo (underwater mine).
Right: Flag-Officer Andrew H. Foote. Foote commanded the Western Flotilla when the USS Cairo was commissioned.
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."