The Civil War in Missouri

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USS Cairo. Photograph by Unknown.

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The Cairo, one of Eads’ boats built at the shipyard in Mound City, Illinois, became the first ship in history to be sunk by an electrically detonated device. It struck a Confederate naval mine in the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, in December 1862. No lives were lost during the sinking.