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Civil War cannons raised from the river

Three Civil War cannons have been brought to light from the bottom of Pee Dee River in Mars Bluff, South Carolina. The cannons once belonged to Confederate gunboat CSS Pee Dee which was deliberately sunk by her crew in February 1865 so as to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

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In this photo provided by the University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina archaeologist and state archaeologist Jon Leader washes and inspects one of the three Civil War cannons pulled from the Pee Dee River on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Mars Bluff, S.C. The three cannons were dumped in the river by Confederate forces from the gunboat CSS Pee Dee in 1865 in order to keep them from falling into the hands of Union forces. (Margaret "Peggy" Ryan Binette/University of South Carolina via AP)

(Margaret “Peggy” Ryan Binette/University of South Carolina via AP)

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