The Hunley Eight
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From forts guarding its harbor to Magnolia Cemetery and points in between, the War Between the States lives on in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Civil War ended a long time ago, but White Point Gardens, the park on the Battery in Charleston, still bristles with mid-19th-century weaponry. A 7-inch banded Brooke rifle, one of the guns that bombarded Fort Sumter when the war started on 12 April 1861, aims out across the harbor. The four mortars guarding the sidewalk's edge hurled Union projectiles at Sumter after the fort fell into Southern hands. An 11-inch Dahlgren appears to be aimed at Castle Pinckney, a small fort just offshore. In 1863, resourceful Confederates salvaged this huge gun from the sunken Union ironclad Keokuk.