Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Submarine Torpedo Boat H. L. Hunley–December 6, 1863

December 6, 2013

Miscellaneous document sources,Paintings of Conrad Wise Chapman


Painting by Conrad Wise Chapman.

“The inventor of this boat, a man named Hunley, can be seen; also a sentinel.  This boat, it was first thought would be very effective; twice it went out on its mission of destruction, but on both occasions returned with all the crew dead.  After this happened the second time, someone painted on it the word ‘Coffin.’  There was just room enough in it for eight men, one in front of the other, with no possibility of anyone sitting straight.  The third time it started out, it never came back, nor was anything ever heard from it, but as one of the United States men-of-war in the harbor (USS Housatonic) was sunk at about the same time, the supposition was that they both went to the bottom together.  Other objects to be seen in the picture are, Sullivans Island, and a Dispatch boat.”  Conrad Wise Chapman, 1898

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