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?
Vicksburg National Military Park was the last of the first five National Military Parks established by the Congress of the United States during the last quarter of the 19th century.