Civil War Lecture: USS Cairo

The Mariners' Museum & Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • FREE with Museum Admission: $13.95

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Free with Museum admission.

One of the first Union ironclads constructed, USS Cairo was a City-class gunboat built at Mound City, Illinois, by James Eads. This class of ironclads gave the Union a tremendous advantage during operations along the Mississippi. The Cairo fought at the battles of Plum Point Bend and Memphis before being assigned to the Yazoo Pass Expedition. On 12 December 1862, Cairo became the first warship sunk by a hand-detonated torpedo.