Archaeologists pull three Civil War cannons from South Carolina river

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Three cannons from the Civil War were recovered from the bottom of the Great Pee Dee River in South Carolina on Tuesday morning, The State reported.

Two were Confederate Brooke Rifle cannons and the other was a captured Union Dahlgren cannon. Each weighed up to 15,000 pounds.

The State reported the cannons are from Union Gen. William Sherman’s march through the Carolinas in 1865. When Sherman’s troops approached the CSS Pee Dee after the burning of Columbia, the cannons were thrown off.

University of South Carolina archaeologists led the way to pull up the cannons, which will go on permanent display at the  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs building in Florence.

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