During a cleanup project of the Congaree River in South Carolina, hundreds of Civil War relics were discovered, including items like cannonballs, a sword blade, and a wagon wheel. These artifacts, dating back to Union General William T. Sherman’s Southern campaign, were part of the equipment dumped by Union troops to demoralize Confederate forces. The relics, currently undergoing conservation processes, will eventually be displayed at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
- Discovery of Relics: The cleanup of the Congaree River led to the unearthing of numerous Civil War artifacts, evidence of Union troops disposing of Confederate military equipment during the Civil War.
- Significance of the Finds: The artifacts, including cannonballs and a sword blade, provide tangible evidence of General Sherman’s campaign in the South and the historical events of the Civil War.
- Conservation and Display: The discovered relics are undergoing an electrochemical process for conservation and will be displayed at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum after proper identification and preservation.
- Cleanup Project Details: The cleanup, conducted by Dominion Energy, involved removing toxic tar from the riverbed, a project that started in 2010 and was celebrated for its early completion in November 2023, costing around $20 million.
- Historical Importance: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster emphasized the importance of preserving such artifacts for educational purposes, allowing current generations to connect with and learn from history.