CSS Hunley: The Greatest Undersea Adventure of the Civil War

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Seeking ways to break the Union Army's coastal blockade, the Confederates manufactured the CSS Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship. New Orleans businessman Horace L. Hunley bankrolled the production of the primitive, handcrankpowered subs that bore his name. In 1864 one such vessel detonated a torpedo against the USS Housatonic, sinking both the ship and itself in Charleston Harbor. Not until the advent of the German U-boats of World War I would submarines again be successful in downing ...
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Overview

Seeking ways to break the Union Army's coastal blockade, the Confederates manufactured the CSS Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship. New Orleans businessman Horace L. Hunley bankrolled the production of the primitive, handcrankpowered subs that bore his name. In 1864 one such vessel detonated a torpedo against the USS Housatonic, sinking both the ship and itself in Charleston Harbor. Not until the advent of the German U-boats of World War I would submarines again be successful in downing enemy ships. A tie-in to the upcoming TNT movie (premiering in July 1999), The CSS Hunley brings to life a little-known epoch that will fascinate Civil War buffs as well as anyone interested in naval and military history.

Fully illustrated, The CSS Hunley explores the efforts of the South to break the Union Navy's stranglehold on the Southern coastline. The compelling narrative traces efforts on both sides of the war to produce workable submarine vessels, most of which sank, killing their crews. The Hunley sank three times itself in trial runs, the third time claiming the life of the vessel's namesake. Finally, on February 9, 1864, the Hunley sailed into history by successfully employing submarine naval tactics to sink an enemy ship in combat.

The CSS Hunley tells a story of personal courage, technical ingenuity, and grim persistence during the United States' most trying conflict. It provides a comprehensive history of the world's first successful submarine and its bitter victory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412601
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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