Naval Order of the United States meeting in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Maritime history is on the agenda as the Naval Order of the United States holds its national conference in Charleston.

The order was founded in 1890 by descendants of New England sailors who fought in the Revolution. The society is dedicated to preserving naval and maritime history.

About 150 members from across the nation are attending the meeting through Saturday. On Friday they are hearing from local journalists and authors about everything from Charleston's maritime heritage to the siege of Charleston during the Civil War and the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is also speaking to the gathering.

The Charleston chapter is working to raise money to have the letters written by John Paul Jones restored. The letters are in the collection of the Charleston Library Society.

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