The underwater divers dredged the area around the cannons and put straps around each of the three cannons, located in between 8 and 10 feet of water. Once out of the river, they were taken a short distance and placed on wooden blocks so mud and silt could be hosed off.
These three cannons constitute the CSS Pee Dee's entire armament.
Eventually they will be displayed at the VA service building which is next to the Florence National Cemetery and just a couple hundred yards from the Florence Stockade site, a Confederate POW camp active for several months before the end of the war.
A video accompanies the article. the cannons look to be in remarkably good shape and are now 10-26 feet from the river bank.