Darlington County Historical Society’s Spring Meeting




Raising the Guns of the C.S.S. Pee Dee!

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DCHS Spring Meeting

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Don’t miss it!

Mr. B’s Restaurant

(964 W Lydia Hwy, Hartsville, SC 29550)

Thursday, April 21

6 PM-8 PM

$14.00 Covers Food and Program

Ted L. Gragg & Bob Butler will be speaking on their experiences in recovering the cannons from the C.S.S. Pee Dee and the archaeological work focusing on Confederate Naval Yard at Mars Bluff.  You will also enjoy a presentation of artifacts.

The 150-year-old artifacts were found in the Great Pee Dee River, near the Confederate Mars Bluff Naval Yard. Two of the three cannons raised out of the river were Confederate Brooke Rifle cannons while the other was a captured Union Dahlgren cannon. They each weigh about 15,000 pounds.  The cannons were used during Union General William T. Sherman’s march through the Carolinas in 1865, researchers said.  The Confederate troops threw the cannons off of the C.S.S. Pee Dee gunboat to avoid capture by the Union. The ship was later destroyed in the river, according to civilwar.org.


via Darlington County Historical Society’s Spring Meeting.

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