He was lucky. And he knew the Hunley better than anyone else. Dixon convinced Beauregard to let him have one more shot at making the Hunley successful. He was persuasive, and Beauregard got him released from his unit to captain the Hunley.
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Finally, the weather cooperated, the crew was ready and Dixon had his target in sight. His plan was to ram the torpedo which was at the end of a spar that extended from the bow of the ship into the side of the Housatonic , then back away to a safe distance before detonation. They would then show a blue light and the men on shore would answer by lighting a bonfire to guide them back home. At about pm, men standing watch on the deck of the Housatonic spotted something that looked like a submerged log moving slowly toward them.
They reacted quickly, but the log continued on its approach. USS Housatonic.
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US Navy. Then there was a deafening blast and the Housatonic began to sink. Five men were killed.
With the sinking of the Housatonic, the Hunley became the first submarine in world history to sink an enemy ship in combat. But the Hunley never returned.
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The wreck was found in and raised in The remains of all eight crewmen were removed from the wreck and laid to rest in Magnolia Cemetery with the other Hunley crew members who had perished as members of the submarine's first two crews. The submarine is undergoing conservation efforts at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina and the public can see the historic sub on the weekends.
Even now, 16 years after the raising of the H. Hunley and extensive conservation efforts, it is unclear what happened to the submarine and its third crew. The crew of the Housatonic used small arms to fire on the Hunley as it approached.
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Did the hail of lead damage the Hunley? Did they get turned around and unintentionally head out to the open ocean? Did they simply run out of strength to travel the 5 miles back to their friendly port and drift away exhausted? Or did they simply run out of air? Despite the lingering questions, the H. Hunley's place as the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat is secure.
But one does wonder The Story of the H. You Wouldn't Want to be in the First Submarine! Author Toni is a wife, mom and history buff who loves bringing the Civil War to life for family members of all ages. The H. Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt.
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