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Candlelight tour highlights anniversary of USS Cairo sinking

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (KNOE 8 News & AP) - The Vicksburg National Military Park will let visitors get an up close and personal look at the USS Cairo Saturday during a special evening candlelight tour of the Civil War ironclad.

The event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the boat's sinking in the Yazoo River in 1862.

Vicksburg National Military Park hours will be extended for the event. Park officials say employees will be dressed in period military uniforms and costume to explain the history of the Cairo and what happened to it.

The Cairo, one of seven heavily armed and armored gunboats built by Union forces during the Civil War, was engaged in the Campaign for Vicksburg. The Cairo was on a scouting mission up the Yazoo River when it was sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo in 1862.

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