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Posted on 11/22/2011 4:29:18 AM PST by moneyrunner
You're gonna catch hell for that one! lol
(would be cool to have one of those cannons)
been to many many places from thew war for southern independence but this place is not one of them but hope to be there in a few weeks,.
Thanks for posting
> (would be cool to have one of those cannons)
Some years back 2 of my buddies found a cannon on the bottom of Burnt Ship Creek (it’s in western NY). They spent several months scoping out the history books, got some scuba gran, found the cannon and some other artifacts and brought them all up from the mud and muck. After spending bunches of bucks cleaning them up properly, they were paid a visit from some state officials who confiscated everything. They’ve never seen their stuff since and don’t know where it finally found a home.
It would be nice to have one of thos cannons, but some bureaucrat will ultimately take it away from you.
When I was at The Citadel I dated a girl who lived on South Battery (pronounced “bottree” in Charlestonese) and her Dad had a stack of cannonballs he had dug up in their yard.
Seems like if you find anything anymore, your best bet is to keep it VERY quiet. I don’t care what it is....
He brought it home to Wisconsin and eventually, gave it to me. When I was in college, I took it to the Wisconsin State Historical Society where they identified what it was and demanded that I "donate" it to them.
I told them politely to "pound sand" and took it home. It now has a place of honor in my curio cabinet.
Maybe because Burnt Ship Creek is on state land, and maybe also because any cannon found there belongs to the federal government.
How was the Citadel?
I ask because my oldest son is looking to go to a military school in the south and does not want a Penn state school or liberal school.
Charleston is one of the best places to go, imho, for a dense concentration of military history sites to visit.
Sumter is the obvious one, but its easy to spend a day getting lost on Sullivans Island; starting at Ft. Moultrie and working your way North through all the old Taft/Endicott emplacements to Battery 520 (two 12” casemate emplacements that are now ... probably the most hardened/survivable private residences on the East Coast).
Last Summer, after visiting the CSS Hunley Conservation Center (the sub is now sitting upright on its keel for the first time since it was lost), I decided to wander down to where the three crews are buried in Magnolia Cemetery. THAT’S definitely worth the visit ... even in the middle of Summer with a blazing Sun overhead and nary a cloud in the sky it was still creepy enough to give me chills.
Hell the first year if you let the place get to you. It isn't called Alcatraz-on-the-Ashley for nothing.
Hell the second year. Knobs have to eat. 3rd Classmen don't.
Manageable the third year. You've got two classes underneath you to shove stuff off on.
Fourth year. 1st Classmen rule the world and can do no wrong. RHIP(Rank Hath Its Privileges.)
And if you are fortunate enough, as was I to date a girl who was an SOB (Those who live "South Of Broad" Street are referred to this way) you discover what the term "comfortable" means.
One word of instruction: It is The Citadel. Capital "T" in "The"
And in summation: The Citadel is a Hell of a place to be, but the one of the greatest places to be from.
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