Piece of the Georgia Resurfaces
An initiative to deepen Savannah’s shipping channel has resulted in the recovery of a piece of the Georgia port’s Civil War past. On 12 November archaeologists from the Army Corps of Engineers working with Navy divers raised a loose 64-square-foot section of the ironclad CSS Georgia’s casemate from the bottom of the Savannah River.
The 5,000-pound piece, which was placed on a barge, is being sent to Texas A&M University for testing. “The small portion removed Tuesday will give archaeologists the ability to assess the condition of the remainder of the ship,” the Corps’ Savannah District said in a statement.