The Civil War will never end. While there haven’t been any battles in 151 years, the remnants of the war still exist and must be dealt with. Hurricane Matthew moved up the southeastern coast of the US over the weekend and caused a lot of beach erosion. The damaging storm acted like an archaeologist in South Carolina when it uncovered a potentially dangerous piece of history at Folly Beach.
This region of South Carolina was a major staging area for Union troops. “Despite the the jungle-like foliage, the soldiers constructed roads, forts, an artillery battery, and a supply depot,” stated the City of Folly Beach. This weekend’s storm uncovered a cache of old ordnance that apparently had been buried for at least 151 years.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was called first. That office then requested help from the the United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Team. Nearby residents reported hearing a loud “boom” late on Sunday as the old ordnance was exploded by bomb experts.