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WINNABOW, NC (WWAY) — History buffs learned about the role of obstructions and torpedoes during the Civil War at Brunswick Town Fort Anderson State Historic Site this weekend.

Experts shared examples of the weapons and even fired a few for the crowd. One expert says that these Civil War era weapons are still comparable to what troops in Iraq are facing today.

“You are talking about an artillery shell that has a plunger that is buried in the ground that has a plate on top of it,” said Historic Interpreter Jim McKee. “When a soldier steps over it, or a horse rides over it, boom.”

McKee says torpedoes are really nothing more than mines. They are some of the most common and dangerous weapons used even today.


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