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Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley

by Sally M. Walker

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This book focuses on the H.L. Hunley and its role in the Civil war. The Hunley was tapped for the mission of breaking the Union Blockade in Charleston Harbor. Although the submarine was cutting edge technology of the day, accidents plagued the submarine. During tests of the Hunley in Mobil Bay, she sank twice killing her crew. Even so, she was resurrected and returned to active duty. Her final mission was a success, but the Hunley was not seen again for over a hundred years.

One of my favorite elements of this book is that is inclused a forensic chapter on the crew. Using many of the forensic techniques employed by law enforcement, the team working on the Hunley was able to identify each crew member. They took it further, however, and used the skulls to create replicas of the men's faces. It's amazing to see the final crew of the Hunley.

This book is great for history buffs, submarine enthusiasts or anyone interested in archaeology. It details the raising of the Hunley, the excavation process, and the mystery surrounding her sinking.This book is divided into two sections: the building of the Hunley and the events of the 1860s and the events following the Hunley's successful mission and subsequent disappearance. ( )
  jennk | Mar 11, 2016 |
Riveting account of the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War. The first part covers its early triumphant but tragic history. The submarine's design and inner workings are clearly described. After 130 years and many efforts the Hunley was located buried in Charleston Harbor and raised in 2000. The author describes the painstaking and delicate efforts archaeologists used to uncover the mysteries and victims of the Hunley. Other sciences involved in unlocking its story included geology, forensic genealogy, DNA testing, and forensic art. There are still questions about what happened and how the submarine was built; work continues today on the Hunley.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a terrific account of the discovery of the Hunley submarine. The book takes you through all the steps taken to preserve the submarine and its contents when it was brought to the surface. The author takes you through each concern and challenge the archeologists face and the decisions they made to successfully remove artifacts. The book ends with the science of discovering the human remains, figuring out who they were and depicting what they looked like and their past. ( )
  elmisner | Jul 22, 2015 |
A really interesting book on an relatively unknown topic - a Civil War submarine. Well written, well researched and very interesting. Great for middle school and upper elementary. ( )
  mbklibrary | Aug 25, 2013 |
The story of the ill-fated S.S. Hunley, a submarine built to fight during the civil war, and how modern science is helping to reveal the secret of what happened. ( )
  lilibrarian | Nov 13, 2012 |
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BONUS FEATURE: Enhanced CD featuring photos, maps, and illustrations from the book.

For more than one hundred years, a submarine lay buried beneath the ocean floor near Charleston, South Carolina. This Civil War stealth weapon–the H. L. Hunley–made history in 1864 as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. But something went wrong during that daring mission. The Hunley never returned to port.
Despite decades of searching, the Hunley remained unfound. In 1995 her story took a startling turn. As she had during the Civil War, the Hunley once again made newspaper headlines. How the submarine came to be on the ocean floor, how she came to leave it, and what happened next make up one of the most compelling stories in the history of archaeology and the history of the Civil War–an amazing tale of bravery, mystery, bones, and gold.

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Discusses the submarine that in 1864 made history as the first ever to sink an enemy ship but then it never returned to port and has been beneath the ocean near Charleston, South Carolina for more than 100 years.

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