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Part of USS Georgia Raised from Savannah River

By: CNN
By: CNN

Archeologists have retrieved a large piece of a Civil War battleship from the bottom of the Savannah River in Georgia.

The CSS Georgia was built in 1862 in support of the Confederate Army. It sits in pieces under the water near the historic old Fort Jackson in Savannah.

Historians say the battle ship never fired a shot in the war.

"She was underpowered so she basically sat out opposite Fort Jackson as a gun battery between the fort and the iron clad ram, She protected the city from Union naval forces," said archaeologist Stephen James.

The ship sank in the Savannah River when Sherman's army took the city.

The plan is to remove the warship and preserve it so the area can be deepened for the Savannah Harbor expansion project.

The archaeologist estimates it will take about two months to raise the warship.


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