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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Confederate Ironclad Must Go: Raising the CSS Georgia

From the Jan. 29, 2015, WIS TV, Savannah, Georgia "Before harbor gets deepened, Confederate shipwreck must go."

The ironclad CSS Georgia never fired a shot in battle and was scuttled in the Savannah River in December 1864 to prevent its capture by General Sherman's advancing army as he completed his March to the Sea from Atlanta.  It didn't amount to much during the Civil War, but has gotten a lot of press of late because its wreck is now in the way for the dredging project along the Savannah River to make way for large cargo ships.

The Army Corps of Engineers is working on the project and gave an update on Thursday on their efforts to bring the wreckage to the surface and move it out of the way.

Estimated cost of CSS Georgia recovery is $14 million, a small part of the whole $706 million project to deepen the harbor to 47 feet and deepen and extend the channel into the Atlantic Ocean and put oxygen injection system in the harbor.

That will be great to bring yet another artifact to the surface.

--Old B-Runner

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