Civil War weapons thrown into river by General Sherman’s forces recovered in South Carolina

Civil War weapons — including bullets, cannonballs and rusty swords — are among debris removed from South Carolina’s Congaree River during a yearlong cleanup project targeting coal tar toxic on the banks of the waterway.

The Civil War story came as no surprise to Sean Norris, archaeological program manager at environmental consulting firm TRC. A previous underwater survey “indicated the presence of several types of cannonballs and projectiles as well as hundreds, if not thousands, of musket cartridges,” Norris told Live Science in an email.

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