SOURCE: Birmingham News (8-31-07)
Bob Harston of Silver City, Mississippi, said he's heard stories about the Confederate vessel in the river for years. Harston called Vicksburg National Military Park historian Terry Winschel, who traveled to the site Monday with an archaeologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The experts spotted what appeared to be a sidewheeler packet vessel, used by Confederate troops to navigate narrow channels.
A pitman arm, used to crank the wheel, was visible in the mud and silt.
Winschel says the vessel was the fifth in a series of seven boats of the same name, all owned by Thomas P. Leathers of Vicksburg.