Underwater Archaeologists Identify A Civil War Era Shipwreck Near Wilmington
May 17, 2016
A shipwreck discovered by the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology and the Institute for International Maritime Research has been identified as a Confederate steam ship sunk near the end of the Civil War.
In the modern media’s coverage of wars, the word “casualty” usually refers to a person who has been killed. Not so during the Civil War. Take the Battle of Gettysburg, in which historians estimate there were about 28,000 Confederate casualties. In the reporting of the time, that meant soldiers killed, wounded and captured. Essentially, a “casualty” back then meant a soldier who was not able to return to the field of battle.