Confederate Memorial Day program scheduled

Salvaging Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia topic of lecture

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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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Granddaddy John
Granddaddy John 04/20/12 - 07:37 am
Mr Young, might I ask you a

Mr Young, might I ask you a question, aren't you the one along with a couple other spine less commisoners that took the flag of my ancestors off Riverwalk to appease a handful on NAACP members. Now you've come out with a book about the Confederate Gold and want to get involved with raising a Confederate Ship, why the turn around now. If you really want to get behind something, put the flag of my ancestors back up on Riverwalk where it belongs, it is history.

SCV Sam 04/20/12 - 10:08 pm
God bless you, brothers.

God bless you, brothers. Your precious sacrifices were not in vain. We SHALL rise again. I long for the day when we shall again enjoy this sacred precious day as a true holiday as it once was.

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