U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003 and funding for the CSS Alabama.
Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that one of our nation's most historic warships will be preserved. The Committee appropriated $12 million for the Pentagon's Legacy Program. This will permit continued efforts to salvage artifacts from the sunken Civil War Raider C.S.S. Alabama. Mobile continues to hold a strong appreciation for its rich American and uniquely Southern Heritage."