The Story Of The H.L. Hunley And Queenie's Coin

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During the Civil War, Union forces blockade the port of Charleston so the Confederate army seeks a way to attack the Yankee ships. George Dixon is part of the group of men given the task of creating and building the "fish boat," a submarine. The H.L. Hunley ultimately sets out on its mission to sink Yankee ships, but fails to return, its whereabouts unknown. For more than 100 years, the mystery of the Hunley and the fate of its crew stayed buried. The Story of the H.L. Hunley and Queenie's Coin recounts the story...
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During the Civil War, Union forces blockade the port of Charleston so the Confederate army seeks a way to attack the Yankee ships. George Dixon is part of the group of men given the task of creating and building the "fish boat," a submarine. The H.L. Hunley ultimately sets out on its mission to sink Yankee ships, but fails to return, its whereabouts unknown. For more than 100 years, the mystery of the Hunley and the fate of its crew stayed buried. The Story of the H.L. Hunley and Queenie's Coin recounts the story of the "fish boat," through its creation and mission, to its ultimate recovery and final voyage home. Fran Hawk and her husband live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, near several Hunley landmarks. For the past ten years, she has enjoyed her job as a children's librarian in her local school district. Currently she works in a small alternative high school for at-risk students. She writes a weekly children's book review column for the Charleston Post and Courier and writes freelance articles for magazines. Dan Nance has published dozens of extraordinary and provocative images of the Civil War. Agraduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Dan's work has graced numerous book and magazine covers and is widely respected by both scholars and historical interpreters alike. Dan has works in the permanent collection of the South Carolina State Museum. He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The compelling narrative of this historical picture book tells the story of love, courage and persistence. George Dixon received a "lucky" coin from his true love, Queenie Bennett shortly before leaving for the Battle of Shiloh during the American Civil War. The coin, which he placed in his pocket, saved his life when a bullet tore through his leg. After this, he always kept his "lucky coin" with him. George became convinced that an underwater vessel could win the war for the Confederacy. With much persistence, determination and hard-work George and other builders made the dream come true. They called their "fish boat" the H. L. Hunley after the wealthy Southern benefactor who helped pay for the submarine. The Hunley was sunk in a fierce battle and ended up on the bottom of Charleston Harbor where it remained for over 100 years. Clive Cussler, an underwater archeologist, took on the task of raising the Hunley. The remaining story tells of his endeavors to raise this submarine. Among the ruins hundreds of artifacts were also discovered including George Dixon's "lucky" coin. The narrative is enriched with beautiful color illustrations and actual photographs of the raising of the H. L. Hunley. This is an excellent book for both elementary and middle schools. A timeline and endnotes are also included. 2004, Thomson/Gale Publishers, Ages 8 up.
—Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The story of the Confederate submarine is told from its conception to its sinking and eventual recovery. Hawk's account, based on research and oral tradition, centers on the role of George Dixon, the Confederate officer who conceived of the vessel, and the gold piece given to him by his fianc e, Queenie Bennett. The coin is said to have saved Dixon from death or serious injury at the battle of Shiloh, and stayed with him for the remainder of his life. Following the Hunley's unsuccessful tests, he took over as her captain and went down with her when she sank after destroying the Union ship Housatonic. When the Hunley was raised in 2000, the coin was among the artifacts recovered. Hawk presents the story in a readable style, while Nance's numerous, exceptional paintings and the color photos of the recovery operation, Dixon's coin and other artifacts, and portraits of Dixon and Horace Hunley bring it to life. This is an exceptionally attractive and enjoyable piece of Civil War history.-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585362189
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Series: Sleeping Bear -- True Stories
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 347,731
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Med. Cat den

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    An odd little book

    I love the story of the Hunley. I am an amatur historian and a licened Tour Guide for the City of Charleston and know about the story and the events leading up to the Hunley. This book did a good job of relaying the important information to the overall story. However, once the Hunley disapears, the book ceases to be a children's story and changes into an informational book about the wreck recovery. Then it morphs one last time in stating what the Civil war was really about. It wasn't that it was bad, it was just very jarring to go from one style to another. The information in the book is spot on, the photographs of the wreck recovery are amazing. I bought this book for my Nephew who will read it when he is a little older, but otherwise, it is a neat book. An odd little book, but a neat one.

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