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Human tooth recovered from Civil War sub

A human tooth has been recovered from the H.L. Hunley, a Civil War submarine which sank in 1864.

While most of the remains of the eight men who sailed on the sub’s final Feb. 17, 1864, mission were removed and ceremonially buried at Magnolia Cemetery in 2004, a tooth was recently discovered stuck in the concretion at crank handle position Number 3.

It is believed that’s where crewman Frank Collins sat.

Scafuri said the tooth loss was “post mortem,” meaning that long after the sinking, the tooth came loose during the decomposition process and stuck to the crank handle where it corroded with the iron.

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Story: Schuyler Kropf, The Post and Courier | Photo: Marlena Sloss

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