Charleston lab restores Civil War cannons pulled from Pee Dee River in SC

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The three lethal Civil War-era cannons pulled from the Confederate gunboat CSS Pee Dee were loaded for action when they were recovered.

That was maybe the biggest surprise for the conservators who confirmed the ship was ready to fight when it was scuttled in 1865 in the Pee Dee River near Florence as Union troops closed in.


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The CSS Pee Dee cannons will be put on display at this site outside the Veterans Affairs office at 707 National Cemetery Road, next to the Florence National Cemetery. Bo Petersen/Staff

The cannons, recovered in 2015, were restored and preserved in a four-year effort by the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston. They will be placed on exhibit outside the Veterans Affairs building in Florence at a date yet to be announced.

The ship might have been one of the South’s greatest weapons had it ever seen action. But it was finished in the desperate days of the Confederacy as the war drew to a close. While the Pee Dee likely never saw action, its guns had been powdered and primed. Conservators knew this because when they turned the key on a brass fuse it fizzed like a soda.

A 9-pound ball was loaded into the single Dahlgren cannon. The two Brooke cannons were loaded with forged grapeshot the size of billiard balls instead of the large, bullet-like shells they had been...
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By Bo Petersen
 

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It is amazing what the Pee Dee River has turned up. About 12 to 15 years ago, a youngish Baptist minister and amateur diver gave a program at my SCV camp on artifacts he had recovered from the river at Cheraw, South Carolina -- about 32 miles south of our meeting place. Cheraw is upriver from where the CSS Peedee cannons were recovered but is a site where a lot of CS ordinance was dumped in the river on the approach of Sherman's army. He brought with him many of his finds and what was probably the most fascinating things to me was that several of the shells still had their wooden sabots attached. The sabots were blackened with age after being buried in river mud for well over a century but were still intact. I don't remember how or where but he had had them treated to prevent disintegration from exposure to air but they had undergone some kind of preservation.
 



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