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Wreck of Civil War ship thought to be located

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) - It's the anniversary of the day in 1862 when the slave Robert Smalls commandeered the Confederate ammunition ship Planter, steamed it out of Charleston and turned it over to the Union Navy.

Archeologists are announcing on Tuesday they have located what is thought to be the wreck of the Planter at Cape Romain northeast of Charleston.

Archeologists with the National Marne Sanctuary Program are meeting with reporters to release a report on their research and discuss their findings.

After the Civil War, Smalls served in the South Carolina General Assembly, Congress and worked as a customs inspector.

The Planter was wrecked in an 1876 storm. Much of its heavy equipment was salvaged then and the exact location of the wreck became lost.

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