Confederate ship Ruby ran aground on Folly’s North end

British-built and designed and reinforced to take fire and slip through the Union blockade of the harbor, the Confederate ship, Ruby, found an even more formidable foe in the sandbars of Lighthouse Inlet on Folly’s northern end. Running aground on June 11, 1863, the wreck took fire from Confederate-held Morris Island and Union-held Folly as both sides made alternating attempts to salvage the supplies onboard. This photo was taken near the war’s conclusion in February 1865. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

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