Happy Easter! If you are planning to visit the Hunley this weekend, please make sure you come on Saturday and not on Sunday! While we will be open for our regular opening hours on Saturday, April 15th from 10 am to 5 pm, we will be closed on Sunday, April 16th in observance of Easter. Come see the world's first successful combat submarine along with some of the items found in the crew compartment during excavation. There are also interactive exhibits that will walk you through a process of discovery that spans over 150 years. For Saturday tour times and tickets, visit hunley.org/weekend-tours/... See MoreSee Less
On this day in 1862, George Dixon’s life was spared at the battle of Shiloh by a $20 dollar gold coin. He would later go on to lead the crew of the Hunley, which became the world’s first successful combat submarine in 1864.
According to legend, Dixon was given the coin before he left for war and he kept it with him for good luck. During the battle, Dixon was shot but the coin in his pocket absorbed the impact and spared his life. For 137 years, no one knew whether the story was true or just a romantic tale passed from generation to generation.
A century later, during the excavation of the Hunley, the coin was discovered lying on his hip bone. Deeply indented from the impact of a bullet, the coin had been inscribed with the following words: Shiloh – April 6th 1862 – My life Preserver – G.E.D.