Secrets of a Civil War Submarine


SecretsHistory holds many awesome stories.  The tale of the civil war submarine, the H.L. Hunley, is one of the best.  In 1864, after sinking the U.S.S. Housatonic, she assured a place in history as the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle.  But immediately after doing so, the Hunley vanished.   In the years that followed, the missing submarine acquired legendary status.   Her discovery on the sea floor, in 1995, rocked the world of American history—even more so when archaeologists realized that her hull was completely intact.

Viewing the Hunley, in Charleston, South Carolina, and speaking with her new crew—a team of top-notch scientists—was the beginning of an adventure that led me to Washington D.C.  There, I visited the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Naval Historical Center.  In each place I learned fascinating bits and pieces of information, every one adding another layer to an already incredible tale.  By the time I finished my research, the Hunley’s story included innovative thinkers, an amazing invention, three tragic sinkings, a sunken warship, eight skeletons, a mysterious identification tag, a funeral procession, and gold.  When it comes to material for story-telling, who could ask for anything more?  I hope readers will find the journey as extraordinary as I did. 1575058308 Carolrhoda Books



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