Today in Civil War History- August 29th

August 29th 1863
Submarine Sinks

CSS Hunley Recovery

Recovering the CSS Hunley in 2000

The Submarine CSS Hunley was behaving quite well today in Charleston Harbor, as her crew took her out for several practice dives. At the conclusion of the last one, the ungainly vessel tied up at the dock of Fort Johnson, next to the steamship Etiwan. For reasons unknown the steamship pulled away from the dock without informing the sub of her intentions. The Hunley, with her hatch open so her crew could breathe, immediately rolled sidewise and sank. Only her commander, Lt. Payne, and one other man survived.

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