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Confederate Salvage Association (MC 8)

Organizational Note

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.

Scope and Content

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 (bulk dates 1962-1974) 1 box (.5 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish materials from the Confederate Salvage Association Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Confederate Salvage Association Collection (MC 8)
Columbus State University Archives


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).


Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 - Confederate Salvage Assn., Inc. By-Laws, Minutes, Financial Statements, Dissolution Papers, 1962-1974

Folder 2 - A Chattahoochee River Story as it has affected Fort Gaines and Clay County (Georgia), by Willis S. Cox, 1966

Folder 3 - Best Western Way, Summer 1971, containing the article The Confederate Navy Rises Again by Pete Czura

Folder 4 - Georgia Game & Fish, May 1972

Folder 5 - Map of Georgia showing the major campaign areas and engagement sites of The War Between the States, 1861-1865, Georgia Department of Industry and Trade, 1961, reprinted 1964

Folder 6 - The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine , Story of the Chattahoochee, March 5, 1972

Folder 7 - From Out of the Ashes, 1864 (tourism brochures)

Folder 8 - A Journal of Volunteers for the Muscogee Ironclad, 1962-1963

Folder 9 - The Sunday Ledger-Enquirer Magazine, January 11, 1970

Folder 10 - Argosy, October 1968, containing The Confederate Navy Rises Again by Pete Czura

Folder 11 - Philip Henry Draper, Jr. Misc. Items, 1933-1940

Folder 12 - Correspondence relating to the establishment of the Museum, 1969-1972

Folder 13 - Sale of Spikes, 1947 (or 1948), 1963, 1968

Folder 14 - Dissolution of Corporation, 1974-1975

Folder 15 - Letterheads and Envelopes, n.d.

Folder 16 - Correspondence, 1962-1974

Folder 17 – "The Last Hope: The Story of the Gunboat Muscogee," WSB Radio, Magnetic reel

Folder 18 – Antique key with identification tag reading "Ruth"