In 1863, the USS Westfield sank in the battle of Galveston and now, the Civil War ship has been found, thanks to information from Chron.com. The article said that the ship was on it’s way to Texas City after it was excavated and restored. I find it so neat that the article mentioned how it was the largest maritime rescue project ever taken in Texas! Author Heather Alexander mentioned how the star find was a 12 foot long cannon, which was capable of firing projectiles over a mile and a half! She went on to say that early this year, that cannon will be sitting on a re-created carriage at the Texas City museum.
Museum Curator, Linda Turner argued, “It will be a huge attraction. So many Civil War buffs will want to come. It will be dramatic.” According to the article, the ship sank when Confederate troops recaptured the island in an early morning surprise attack on New years Day 1863 and to prevent the ship from being captured, the captain ordered an evacuation and set a charge to blow the ship up. Parkoff argued in the article that he is always looking for bones to be sent away for detailed analysis. According to Alexander, Parkoff believes the conservation process has been very difficult because many of the items are unrecognizable to them. Parkoff also believes the pieces together tell an important story.