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The USS Cairo: History and Artifacts of a Civil War Gunboat

by Joyner, Elizabeth Hoxie
Publisher: McFarland Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Fall 2006
ISBN: 0786422572

In an effort to clog the Confederacy's supply and communication lines, Union commanders dispatched numerous gunboats to patrol the rivers of the Deep South. The ironclad USS Cairo was the Capital ship of the City class and the first to fall victim to a naval mine while navigating the shallow waters of the Yazoo River on December 12, 1862. Author Elizabeth Hoxie Joyner presents a study of the many relics discovered after a team of searchers salvaged the Cairo more than a century after its sinking.

review of The USS Cairo: History and Artifacts of a Civil War Gunboat, by Joyner, Elizabeth Hoxie, Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2006).