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Raising the Hunley
The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine
Written by Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf

Raising the Hunley
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Category: History - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877); History - Military - Naval; History - United States
Imprint: Presidio Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2003
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44772-2 (0-345-44772-7)
Pages: 328
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On February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship, the iron “fish boat” vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. For more than a century the fate of the Hunley remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Civil War. Then, on August 8, 2000, with thousands of spectators crowding Charleston Harbor, the Hunley was raised from the bottom of the sea and towed ashore.

In RAISING THE HUNLEY, award-winning journalists Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf offer new insights into the Hunley’s final hours and recount the amazing true story of its rescue.

The brainchild of wealthy New Orleans planter and lawyer Horace Lawson Hunley, the Hunley inspired tremendous hopes of breaking the Union’s naval blockade of Charleston, only to drown two crews on disastrous test runs. But on the night of February 17, 1864, the Hunley finally made good on its promise. Under the command of the heroic Lieutenant George E. Dixon, the sub rammed a spar torpedo into the Union sloop Housatonic and sank the ship within minutes, accomplishing a feat of stealth technology that would not be repeated for half a century. Then, shortly after its stunning success, the Hunley vanished.

This engrossing account chronicles the characters involved, including Horace Hunley himself, the Union officers and crew who went down with the Housatonic, P. T. Barnum, who offered $100,000 for its recovery, and novelist Clive Cussler, who spearheaded the mission that finally succeeded in finding the Hunley. The drama of salvaging the sub is only the prelude to how scientists unsealed this archaeological treasure chest and discovered the inner-workings of a submarine more technologically advanced than anyone expected, as well as numerous, priceless artifacts.

Hicks and Kropf have crafted a fascinating narrative that spans more than a century of American history. Filled with historical details and illustrated with original photographs, Raising the Hunley will be of interest to students of American History and the Civil War.

"...a fascinating chronicle....This riveting narrative features a winning combination of Civil War arcana, maritime history, and underwater archaeology."—Booklist (American Library Association)



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WINNER - School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults





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