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Crew's fragile clothing excavated carefully


Thursday, April 12, 2001

Of The Post and Courier staff


     The crew of the H.L. Hunley had more important things to attend to than fancy uniforms.
     Scientists excavating the Confederate submarine say the textile samples they have uncovered in their dig appear to be plain, homespun clothing.
     Bob Neyland, project manager, said archaeologists have now reached the point in the dig where they are block-lifting some of the fragile Civil War cloth out of the submarine. That process involves sliding a thin sheet of metal, probably covered in plastic, beneath the silt-encrusted cloth and picking up the whole piece.
     It is too dangerous to try and pull the cloth out of the fudge-like sediment - it would most likely tear.
     Neyland said conservator Paul Mardikian and his staff will gently remove the silt with water and try to conserve the cloth, which in the mud shows little color or shape. The material eventually will be put on display with other artifacts.
     On Wednesday, scientists discovered another artillery uniform button, in the sediment near where the first two were found, and other plain buttons.
     As the archaeologists near the floor at the rear of the sub's crew compartment, the remains of the man who was likely the Hunley's first officer are becoming clearer. Scientists can see the spinal column, ribs, pelvis, leg and arm bones in the sediment.
     So far the scientists have uncovered what they believe to be the remains of six crew members. Historical accounts list nine on board. And the team has yet to begin intensive excavation of the forward area of the crew compartment, where sub commander Lt. George E. Dixon would have sat.


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