Confederate Memorial Day program scheduled

Salvaging Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia topic of lecture

A Confederate Memorial Day program focusing on plans to recover the wreckage of the CSS Georgia from Savannah Harbor will be held at 2 p.m. April 29 at Westview Cemetery in Augusta.

The speaker will be local historian/author and Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy President Bob Young, who will discuss the Army Corps of Engineers’ $14.2 million plan to recover the remains of the ironclad warship as part of cultural resources efforts associated with the expansion of the harbor.

Built in 1862, the vessel spent much of its life moored near Old Fort Jackson about five miles from downtown Savannah. It was scuttled in December 1864 to prevent its capture by advancing Union troops.

“A number of the crew members were from the this area,” Young said. “We’ve identified some of them from Jefferson County and from Warren County.”

One of the little known facts about the ship was that its cannons were named for Georgia cities, he said.

“They gave city names to 10 cannons,” he said. “The first one was named Augusta.”

Confederate Memorial Day is officially celebrated in Georgia on April 26.

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