Civil War Cannons Preserved With New Technology

Preservationists completed a project to maintain the safekeeping of Civil War artillery

By Bruce Smith
|  Sunday, Jun 16, 2013  |  Updated 9:51 PM EDT
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Civil War Cannons Preserved

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Workers move a Civil War cannon into position at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, S.C., on June 10, 2013 after the gun was conserved. The fort, part of the Fort Sumter National Monument and from which Confederate gunners fired at Sumter in Charleston Harbor to open the Civil War in 1861, recently conserved 10 large cannon. The National Park Service is using computer sensors to monitor the temperature and humidity inside the guns. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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Preservationists are using high tech-methods to protect Civil War artillery at a fort in South Carolina that fired on Fort Sumter to open the Civil War 150 years ago.

The National Park Service has completed a project in which 10 massive cannons at Fort Moultrie on Charleston Harbor have been conserved with modern epoxy coatings and equipped with computer sensors.

The sensors are in the barrels of the cannon and provide readings on how temperature and humidity affect the massive iron guns that weigh more than 7 tons each.

The guns along with what the fort calls Battery Row are also now mounted on new concrete bases.

Moultrie was one of the forts surrounding Charleston Harbor from which Confederates fired at Union troops in Fort Sumter in April 1861.

 

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