During the Civil War, the USS Cairo was one of seven Union ships named after towns along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Although it fought in battles, the most memorable fact about the USS Cairo was during its involvement in the Yazoo Pass Expedition.
While sweeping the river floor for Confederate underwater mines on December 12, 1862, the USS Cairo hit two mines and sank in minutes with no casualties. It stayed under water for 102 years, and in 1964, researchers raised the ship, finding most of its artifacts well preserved and intact.
Our USS Cairo Patch shows the ship as it would have sailed during the Civil War. Put this on a bag or jacket to commemorate the USS Cairo and its rich Civil War history.
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