Possible Civil War weapon unearthed in S.C. after Matthew

Hurricane Matthew may have unearthed a weapon dating to the Civil War in South Carolina, perhaps leaving a bit of history in the storm's wake, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s bomb team is investigating the unspecified ordnance found on Folly Beach, the office tweeted Sunday.


High tide prevented officials from recovering the object, according to WTOC-TV. An Air Force Explosive Ordnance Team and the Folly Beach Fire Department are helping the sheriff’s office investigate, the station reported.

Folly Beach Island is no stranger to pirates, shipwrecks, the Civil War – or hurricanes, according to the city's website. The island was occupied by 13.000 federal troops in 1863 during the Civil War, and soldiers built roads, forts and an artillery battery, according to the city.

The island served as a strategic base for the Union battle to take Fort Wagner, which guarded Charleston harbor from the neighboring Morris Island. In 1987, construction workers found 14 bodies at the west end of the beach that were determined to be members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment popularized in the movie Glory.

After the tide subsides, technicians will evaluate any risks the object represents and perhaps learn its role in history. The sheriff’s office warned that residents of Charleston, James Island and anyone near Folly Beach might hear an explosion as officials deal with the object, according to WTOC.


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