News broke yesterday of the successful recovery of three Civil War cannon from the PeeDee River, all from the gunboat CSS Pee Dee. In case you missed it, here’s a few of the reports:
The State (Columbia SC)
The Florence County museum offered a post and album of photos on their Facebook page. The guns are 7-inch and 6.4-inch double banded Brooke rifles along with a IX-inch Dahlgren. All these weapons are of historical significance and rare in their own right. But the Dahlgren perhaps a little more so. And one of the photos shows markings from the Dahlgren:
Registry number 513. That should, if I’m reading my references correct, be from a lot produced by Fort Pitt Foundry. But what makes this weapon of real interest is that some sources connect it to the USS Southfield, sunk at Plymouth, North Carolina on April 19, 1864. The Confederates recovered the Southfield’s armament (which also included a 6.4-inch Parrott rifle which I believe was later used in the Cape Fear defenses). So you might say this Dahlgren has a bit of a story to tell from both sides of the lines.
The articles tell us these guns already have a home:
After conservation, artifacts will be exhibited at the Florence County Veterans Administration building at the Florence National Cemetery.
A win-win, if you ask me.