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Maple Leaf Shipwreck
An Extraordinary American Civil War Shipwreck
Jacksonville Florida 1864

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    the Wreck of the Maple Leaf is unsurpassed as a source for Civil War material culture. The site combines one of the largest ships sunk during the war, carrying all the worldly goods of more than a thousand soldiers, with a river bottom environment that perfectly preserved the ship and cargo. It is the most important repository of Civil War artifacts ever found and probably will remain so. Considered among Florida shipwrecks, Maple Leaf is probably the best preserved site in Florida.....
Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian
United States Department of Interior, National Park Service


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