More buttons are found in Hunley
Friday, March 30, 2001
Scientists excavating the Hunley on Thursday found two more
metal buttons similar to the ones that were the first artifacts found in the Confederate
Project Manager Bob Neyland said the buttons were found face down
in the sediment very close to the midsection area of the crew compartment where the first
two buttons were found.
The backs of the buttons carry the name of a Montgomery, Ala.,
importer - Halfman & Taylor, just like the first two. Those earlier buttons were from
an artilleryman's uniform jacket, possibly from Cpl. C.F. Carlson, the last man to join
the Hunley's crew.
The archaeologists have not yet removed the buttons from the mud,
so they aren't positive the fronts of the buttons also carry the ornate "A" that
the others do.
The remains of the coat they were on, however, are nowhere to be
"There is nothing really around the buttons, maybe fragments
of something, but it appears the fabric has deteriorated away," Neyland said.
In the middle and aft sections of the crew compartment,
scientists are nearing the bottom of the sub. Neyland said in a few areas the excavation
is only 40 centimeters - less than 16 inches - from the floor of the Hunley. There, they
expect to find more artifacts that would have settled to the bottom.
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