Civil War cannons return to Ft. Moultrie

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      SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Four Civil War cannons will return to Fort Moultrie Monday after undergoing conservation treatment.

      The cannons weigh about 15,000 pounds each and will be lifted onto their new bases by a heavy crane. These are the last cannons to be redone at Fort Moultrie's Cannon Row.The preservation project began in 2012 when Fort Sumter National Monument and Clemson University's Warren Lasch Conservation Center (WLCC) evaluated the 17 cannons at Fort Moultrie for their current condition and historical significance.

      Six of the cannons were sent to Phillips Industrial Services for conservation treatment, which began with an assessment of the existing paint and state of corrosion.

      Several layers of paint were removed from the cannons and replaced with a new type of paint that was selected for its long term durability. These guns were reinstalled inside the fort on Battery Bingham, and outside the fort on new bases at Cannon Row.

      In early May of this year the remaining four guns were sent to Phillips Industrial Services and will be returned on June 10.