• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Thirteen BIG Guns

32-pdr Navy Smoothbore

32-pdr Navy Smoothbore

NPS Photo

The USS Cairo carried thirteen big guns. This 32-pdr Navy smoothbore, mounted on its original carriage, could fire a solid 32-pound cannon ball about a mile. It required an eleven man crew to load, maneuver, and fire.

Did You Know?

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."