Sun, Moon, and Tides: Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 3

The first two posts in this set have related details of the salvage of guns from the USS Keokuk and discussed the sources we have for that story. Allow me to turn now to some “gritty” details and offer some of my own interpretation. The key element in the recovery of the USS Keokuk’s gunsContinue reading “Sun, Moon, and Tides: Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 3”

How do we know about this “daring event of the war”? : Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 2

As seen from the 1200 words spent relating the details about the salvaging of the USS Keokuk’s guns, the story is more than a simple recovery with dramatic flourishes on the side. Every account you are apt to find will emphasize the difficult labor against the elements with dangers ever-present. But were do we deriveContinue reading “How do we know about this “daring event of the war”? : Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 2″

“One of the most daring events of the war…”: Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 1

I’ve mentioned this gun on several occasions: The gun stands guard today at Charleston’s White Point (Battery) Park. But its Civil War story ranks it among the most historic artillery pieces to survive the war. The gun was one of two XI-inch Dahlgrens on board the USS Keokuk at the time of the April 7,Continue reading ““One of the most daring events of the war…”: Salvaging the Keokuk’s Guns, Part 1″