Florence in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Guns of the CSS Peedee
cast iron - 1860s
During the Civil War, the Confederate Navy operated a large and well-guarded shipyard on the east bank of the great Pee Dee River at Mars Bluff, Marion County. The largest vessel constructed at the site was the 150 ft. wooden gunship CSS Peedee, built to patrol the river against Union forces and, if necessary, defend Confederate territories along the Atlantic seacoast.
As the war drew to a close and the army of General William T. Sherman advanced through South Carolina, Confederate authorities at the naval shipyard ordered the destruction of the CSS Peedee so that its three massive guns would not be turned against the Confederacy by Union forces. For decades, remnants of the sunken vessel remained buried on the river’s bottom.
After nearly 150 years under water and 20 years search efforts conducted by multiple agencies, the guns of the CSS Peedee were recovered in 2015 by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. The cannons underwent years of extensive conservation at Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, SC, where they were cleaned and prepared for exhibition here.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 34° 11.077′ N, 79° 45.358′ W. Marker is in Florence, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East National Cemetery Road (State Highway S-21-13) and South Gaillard Street, on the left when traveling west. Located on the grounds of the Florence County Veterans Affairs building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 707 East National Cemetery Road, Florence SC 29506, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All Gave Some – Some Gave All (a few steps from this marker); Brooke Rifled Cannon, VII-inch (a few steps from this marker); Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch (a few steps from this marker); Dahlgren, IX-inch (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Union Burials (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carillon (about 800 feet away); Florence National Cemetery (about 800 feet away); A National Cemetery System (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
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