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The H.L. Hunley sits in a conservation tank on Jan. 12, 2012 at a conservation lab in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The world has a clearer view of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley for the first time in nearly 150 years.

 Crews at a North Charleston conservation lab on Thursday lifted a more than eight-ton truss that has shrouded the hand-cranked sub for the last dozen years.

 The operation took about 15 minutes as the truss was slowly lifted and moved laterally over the tank.

The endeavor allows conservation of the sub to begin. Scientists hope that getting a close look at the entire hull will finally yield clues as to why the Hunley sank in 1864 with its crew of eight.

The Hunley sent the federal blockade ship Housatonic to the bottom, becoming the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship before sinking as well. It took another 50 years before another sub was able to take down a ship.

 A funeral for the crew was held in 2007, 140 years after the sub sank. Thousands of Civil War re-enactors wore Confederate and Union uniforms, and marched along the bodies of the crew until they reached their final resting place along the Cooper River.

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Civil War soldier's teeth point to ancestry

BildeLarry McKee, right, senior archaeologist with TRC, points to a green glass bead found near the remains of a Civil War soldier in Franklin in 2009. / Tennessean file photo

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Kevin Walters | The Tennessean

Report in archaeology journal says remains suggest he was at least part American Indian 

FRANKLIN — Franklin’s “unknown soldier” had a mix of Native American and European ancestry and probably did not die as a result of a gunshot during the Battle of Franklin.

Those details are part of newly released archaeological findings that offer more insight about the male skeleton that was accidentally unearthed from an unmarked grave in 2009 during construction of the Columbia Avenue Chick-fil-A. The skeleton was later buried in Rest Haven Cemetery during a ceremony that attracted thousands of people and national attention.

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Civil War fort excavation at Jamestown

  

To mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, researchers at Historic Jamestowne are excavating a shelter on the island built in 1861 and was known as fort Pocahontas. WYDaily checked in on the progress of the archaeological dig , which is link to both our nation's founding and the conflict which almost tore it apart. http://www.wydaily.com