Scientists are at work to preserve the Hunley and remove the concretion (a rock-hard layer of sand, rust, sediment and silt) that covers the inside of the crew compartment.
Friends of the Hunley: The Official Hunley Project Site added 4 new photos.
Charleston Harbor has witnessed many dramatic events.
July of 1863 the Battle of Fort Wagner raged as Union forces spearheaded by the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African American troops, assaulted a vital spit of land across from Ft. Sumter. Both sides fought with tenacity and courage until the Confederate forces were forced to abandon the fort in September of the same year.
It was during this tense time that the H. L. Hunley arrived in Charleston. The submarine was shipped under great secrecy from Alabama by train and arrived in Charleston in August of 1863.
One has to wonder if the Hunley's arrival brought optimism to a besieged Charleston cordoned by sea blockade and now threatened by land troops close to the peninsula. ... See MoreSee Less