From the September 29, 2015, SC Now "Archaeologists recover 3 Civil War cannons from Great Pee Dee River."
More than 100 onlookers were present Tuesday morning when a track hoe was used to pull three cannons that had been on the CSS Pee Dee.
The CSS Pee Dee's active military career consisted of one cruise up the Great Pee Dee River to Cheraw, South Carolina, where it may or may not have fired on General Sherman's Union troops who were crossing the river there to invade North Carolina. The ship returned to its base at Mars Bluff Navy Yard where everything of value was thrown overboard and burned and sank the ship.
The ship was scuttled just three months after it was launched.
Twenty years had passed since the discovery of the cannons and their recovery.