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Archaeologists pull 3 Civil War cannons from river in South Carolina

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

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

The State reported that the cannons are remnants of Union General 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.

Archaeologists from the University of South Carolina headed the effort to have the cannons pulled up from the bottom of the river.

The cannons will go on permanent display at the  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs building in Florence.