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Civil War cannons raised from South Carolina river

Civil War cannons raised from South Carolina river

A team of South Carolina archaeologists plucked three cast iron Civil War cannons from the Pee Dee River on Tuesday and marveled that 150 years in the muck hadn't done major damage to the weapons.

"These guns are in remarkable, pristine condition," state archaeologist Jonathan Leader said in a telephone interview after the recovery operation.

Once they were on the riverbank, Leader sprayed the weapons with water to get a closer look.

"There's some sand stuck to them, but to our eyes, they are in brilliant,...

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