A little-known story of the Civil War is brought to life in this gripping work of nonfiction. When the Union blockade of all ports in the South stopped supplies from reaching the Confederate Army, Horace L. Hunley created a submarine that could sneak up on enemy ships and blow them up. After many years of trial and error, the H. L. Hunley succeeded in sinking the USS Housatonic in February of 1864. But the submarine never returned to port, and her crew perished in the Charleston Harbor. Although divers searched for more than 130 years, the submarine was not found until 1995. Over the last ten years, archaeologists have carefully raised the Hunley and painstakingly sifted through the 20,000 pounds of sediment it contained for artifacts and human remains and, ultimately, clues to why, when, and how the vessel sank.
This book taught me a lot that I didn’t know. It was forsure KNOWLEGDEABLE!! There are a great number of activities that go a long with this book. Great for a HISTORY class. I would teach the students maps of the united states with this book. I would print off a bunch of different maps, kind of like the ones they use in the books and have my students color and label them. After teaching the book, I would give a BIG map test.
When I first started reading this book it was boring and confusing, as I kept reading I started to enjoy it. I guess I could say it’s a great book for a historic fiction book. But History is kind of boring to me, so therefore the book was. I would greatly recommend teaching this book to middle school aged children.
She never returned to port.
Harry Pecorelli, Wes Hall, and Ralph Wilbanks, working with Clive Cussler and the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, recovered the Hunley, which had spent 131 years under water.
But how to excavate this discovery? The Hunley was a technological achievement, but also a war grave. Careful planning for excavation and preservation process was essential.
In a giant tank, filled with chilled water, charged with a gentle electrical current, the Warren Lasch Conservation Center began to unlock the secrets of a Civil War submarine.