Sinking of the U.S.S. Cairo
The Sinking of the U.S.S.
Cairo-December 12, 1862, the first in a series by McWilliams was
painted in 1985 and hangs in the National Military Park at Vicksburg,
Mississippi. It is also featured on several billboards in Mississippi
and Louisiana. It depicts the story of the first gunboat ever sunk by
an underwater mine. Lt. Commander Selfridge, Jr. knew the Yazoo River
was "mined" but apparently thought his vessel was
invincible. The Cairo hit the underwater mine and sank in less than 15
minutes with no loss of lives. If you look closely at the left bottom
of the print you will observe a stump from which a cable leads toward
the explosion. The Cairo can be seen in various Civil War related
shows on the History Channel. Story tag included.
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