From North Carolina-
The little Episcopalian prayer book did not have the easiest journey to the Rev. Robert Alves' private collection.
"This one has actually been in the ocean," says, Alves, holding up a leather-bound copy of the Confederate Book of Common Prayer.
In 1863, the book was part of a shipment of devotionals headed to Confederates in the battlefield. But Union ships were in hot pursuit of a Rebel blockade runner carrying the devotionals and other supplies off the coast of Beaufort. The Confederate sailors, before eventually running aground, dumped cargo to lighten the load, including the books.
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