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    Posted: June 13 2013 at 1:17pm
A very well made film about the Hunley is available on youtube.
I lived in Charleston when the movie was being made and when they found the graves of one of the crews.

I've seen replicas of the Hunley and a David salvaged in New Orleans. Its quite humbling to realize just how much sand it took to take one of these out looking to sink a warship.

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There was only ONE way out...thru the tower.

The Hunley had two water tight hatches, one fore the other aft.
The first replica I saw was later found to be inaccurate having been based on early drawings rather than the completed specimen.

When submerged the pressure of the water outside prevented opening of the hatch until there was enough water inside to equalize pressure, by which time it was far too late for the men inside.
With a fairly slow leak and dwindling air supply they were likely over come by CO2 and lack of O2 before drowning.

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Just burned Hunley to DVD and watched again, its still a great movie.
I'll check on its historical accuracy.

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They were INFANTRYMEN, Ed.Confederacy really didn't have much of a navy.These men were pulled from infantry units.

According to the film at least one of the crew was newly transferred to the Confederate Navy, he'd been an infantryman but was completely incapable of firing a musket effectively, most likely due to poor vision since he wore thick glasses. He was a stone killer though, and had killed two federal officers with his bare hands. He was chosen because he was apparently fearless, far stronger than he looked, and had a very strong killer instinct despite his mild manners and calm studious appearance.

These are the crewmen so far identified from skeletal remains.
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Life of Strenuous Toil

The battered skull of one of the Europeans—a man in his early 40s who was perhaps named Simkins or Lumkin—revealed that he was a brawler who had been in some intense fights before he became a crewman on the Hunley.

(this character was in the film)

Another European was a young man of about 20, perhaps named Arnold Becker, who may have been from Germany. Becker's spine showed that, despite his young age, he'd already lived a life of strenuous toil, lifting very heavy loads.

One of the Europeans was a man in his mid-40s whose name may have been Miller. The fourth non-American, who could have been named Carlsen, was a daring man who had made a lot of money by running supplies for the Confederate States through the Union blockade of southern ports.

The two men from seceded states were James Wicks from North Carolina and Frank Collins from Virginia. Wicks, who was about 40, was serving in the United States Navy when the war broke out. But when his ship was sunk in fighting at Hampton Roads, Virginia, Wicks joined the Confederate Navy.
(so Wicks at least was a sailor all along)

James Ridgaway was from Talbot County, Maryland. He carried a war souvenir that puzzled the researchers for a while—an identification tag belonging to Ezra Chamberlain, a Union soldier from Connecticut. Researchers thought at first that they'd discovered a Union deserter serving on the Hunley, but later determined that Ridgaway was carrying the tag that apparently had been taken from Chamberlain's body after he'd been killed in battle.
(this may be the stone killer I spoke of)

The fact that George Dixon came from Ohio was only one of several surprises uncovered about the Hunley's commander. After the war, a colorful legend arose about him.

The legend of George Dixon is presented in the film.

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Desperate times lead to desperate act to save your way of life.
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MORE exciting??!! How much more excitement wud a guy need?
Starving...aint bin paid in a year..Yankees always tryin ya..no shoes..away from home & family...clothes reduced to rags..watchin yer friends die of disease / dysentery /lead...fightin a losin battle..I mean-what MORE cud a guy want?!
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I think they left their Infantry units without proper permission, to get a better job or a more exciting one.

Originally posted by Ed Hill Ed Hill wrote:

Hoadie, if you're underwater in a submarine, you're a sailor! ( Even if recruited from the infantry)Wink

I wonder if the men who showed as deserters were part of the secrecy behind the sub?
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Hoadie, if you're underwater in a submarine, you're a sailor! ( Even if recruited from the infantry)Wink

I wonder if the men who showed as deserters were part of the secrecy behind the sub?
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Hoadie,

I did not know that. What was the ship's CSA name?

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Originally posted by Ed Hill Ed Hill wrote:

And thank you for your service and respect to American sailors Hoadie.
(I thought you'd like this..)

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They were INFANTRYMEN, Ed.Confederacy really didn't have much of a navy.These men were pulled from infantry units.

By the by..the fastest blockade runner of the war, was built right here! Right across the street from where my Legion now sits.(Fed navy couldn't catch her.Low draft & fast, allowed her to run the blockade with impunity.)
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Originally posted by Ed Hill Ed Hill wrote:

And thank you for your service and respect to American sailors Hoadie.
(I thought you'd like this..)

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They were INFANTRYMEN, Ed.Confederacy really didn't have much of a navy.These men were pulled from infantry units.

By the by..the fastest blockade runner of the war, was built right here! Right across the street from where my Legion now sits.(Fed navy couldn't catch her.Low draft & fast, allowed her to run the blockade with impunity.)
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I raise my glass to their memory.
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I sat in a replica. It was amazing. They sat on a wooden bench facing each other..in COMPLETE darkness. They turned a crank that looked just like a modern crankshaft. There was only ONE way out...thru the tower.
They had no snorkel system. In my opinion, it would have taken men with INCREDIBLE courage to crew this craft.To think some of them were to be listed as deserters, blows my mind
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The Hunley is a very small sub.

You would not find me (or Hoadie) turning the the shaft.
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Yes, there were dead in all 3 sinkings...but the first didn't take all the crew.
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The Federial Goverment clains all items owned by the CSA. One issue the Hunley was a privateer, not CSA Government owned.
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there were dead in all three sinkings as the remains of the third crew rest near the first two , why does the feds want it ? for the smithsonian ?
 
it was interesting in my reading from that great link i learned it was a german sub in the first world war that finally sank the second ship in combat , near fifty years later , way ahead of its time
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...It was the 3rd sinking that took the lives of the entire crew..including HUNLEY himself!
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The third time is the charm or three strikes you are out.
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The Feds gave up on the hunt for it, but the state didn't. When it was found, the Feds sued the state to get it!
As far as I know, that battle STILL goes on.
Its the ONLY sub I've ever heard of that sank THREE TIMES!!
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