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Confederate Salvage Association

Identifier: MC 8

Scope and Contents

The Collection consists of materials generated during the projects to raise the Ironclad Muscogee and the fantail of the gunboat Chattahoochee and to establish the James W. Woodruff, Jr. Confederate Naval Museum, as it was known at that time, where these artifacts are housed. The collection contains correspondence (5 file folders), a minute book (1976-1974), a ledger book listing volunteer workers, and an audio tape “The Last Hope, the Story of the Gunboat Muscogee”, used on a radio show. Early publicity material includes museum brochures, Georgia Historical Commission flyers, state material issued during the Civil War Centennial, some of which paired this site with Fort Tyler in West Point,Georgia, and copies of articles dealing with the salvage and the museum.


  • 1933 - 1996
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1974

Biographical / Historical

The Confederate Salvage Association was formed in 1962 to raise the Ironclad Muscogee and the fantail of the gunboat Chattahoochee from the bottom of theChattahoochee River. This Association, with Jim Woodruff, Jr. as its president, supervised the salvage, much of which was done by Jaycees and other volunteers. The Association dissolved when the Confederate Naval Museum (later renamed the National Civil War Naval Museum) was organized.


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Custodial History

These records were in the WRBK office of Jim Woodruff when he died. They were donated to the Columbus College Archives in 1977 by George Gingell on behalf of the Columbus Broadcasting Company, Inc. (WRBL).
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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States