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Civil War MiscellanyThe legendary Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was the first successful underwater warship that is, the first to sink an enemy ship. As chronicled in Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine, the sub disappeared without a trace in 1864, crippled by a Union ship, and finding it became something of an obsession for many Americans until the vessel was finally brought to shore in 2000. Based on interviews with scientists and historians who studied the Hunley's remains, Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier journalists Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf reconstruct the sub's final voyage in this dramatic slice of Civil War history.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Adult/High School-The Hunley was all but forgotten until its retrieval in August, 2000. Resembling a fictional adventure tale, the book takes readers back to federally blockaded Charleston, SC. Without access to goods brought in by ships to the formerly bustling harbor, the South feared certain defeat. An idea to develop a small underwater ship that could evade detection as it delivered a torpedo to a Union blockade ship was offered as a wisp of hope by New Orleans lawyer Horace Lawson Hunley. Its development, however, was fraught with danger, and the first two test runs resulted in the deaths of 13 crew members. Finally, the sub was sent for its maiden voyage on February 17, 1864, whereupon it accomplished its task: it sank the Housatonic. Shortly after signaling the shore that it was about to return, it disappeared. The struggles to locate and retrieve the ship, spearheaded by author Clive Cussler, and the efforts to preserve it as a historical treasure trove, are nearly as fascinating as the story of its construction. The description of the Hunley's reentry into Charleston Harbor on August 8, 2000, before a cheering, saluting crowd of more than 20,000, is quite an emotional moment. Photos are mostly from the salvage and raising operation, with a few portraits of the crew included. Diagrams give readers a feel for the confines of the limited space within the submarine and the frightening conditions in which these men died. This exciting, well-done slice of history should have broad appeal.
Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Abridged edition (February 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156511535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565115354
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Timothy M. Smalley on April 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I first heard about the Confederate submersible H.L. Hunley 46 years ago when I was a scared five year old in St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN. I had an unheard crippling disease (everyone thought it was polio) and wasn't doing very well. There was no TV in our area of the hospital and I couldn't read more than a few words, but my Dad brought me a book about submarines. He and I used to stay up past my bedtime to watch "The Silent Service" WW II docu-dramas about the submarine service and he knew I was nuts about subs. On page three, was a painting of the "Huntley" (sic) getting ready to ram her torpedo into the hull of the USS Housatonic. I made my Dad and the nurses and the bigger kids in the childrens' ward read those pages over and over to me. Even then I wondered what could have happened to the sub and the brave sailors on board. Later I was able to talk to my great grandma who remembered a little of the civil war and told me what she knew about the Hunley. I've been hooked ever since. (By the way, the disease turned out to be septic arthritis and thanks to antibiotics I made a full recovery.)
I have been an email correspondent with Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf, award-winning journalists of the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier newspaper for several years now. They have been on the Hunley "beat" ever since it's discovery in 1995 and I'm sure they have become really tired of my pestering them for measurements and modeling details for the RC model I am building of the Confederate sub. But ever since Mr. Hicks told me about their project I have been bursting at the seams to get my hands on a copy of their brand new book about the famous rebel "fishboat". I received my copy on a Friday and pretty much spent the whole weekend reading and relishing every word.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Vaughn on May 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
On 17 February 1864, the Confederate privateer submarine HUNLEY, then called a "fish-boat" or "torpedo boat," crewed by eight volunteers successfully attacked and sank a Union blockade ship off Charleston... and disappeared. This marvelous book recounts not only the history of the first successful attack submarine, but the mystery surrounding it. The story of the search for the ship, its discovery and its astounding recovery is documented, along with introducing the reader to a fascinating cast of characters involved in this real-life drama.
Even if you have little interest in history, this is still a book well worth your time. It is frequently, and often not accurately, said of non-fiction that "it reads like a novel." This book really does. The story is not only well told, but the pacing of the story and character development is strong. That journalists, who are known for dry prose, could produce a book like this is refreshing. One thing I particularly liked were the brief biographies of the main characters that appear at the end, a sort of "what happened to them after this story."
I won't belabor the facts revealed about the submarine (many), the attack (requiring incredible courage), or the people (combatants, searchers, and archaeologists) or the possible solutions to the mysteries surrounding this fabled ship. It is so rare to find a book today that is well-written, informative, compulsively readable. This book is all that, plus just down right entertaining. This book is a treasure. Read it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on April 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I first ran across the story of the Hunley in a popular journal on archaeology and was fascinated by the tale of courage, desperation, and originality. Subsequently I saw parts of a film on the subject, and I was hooked. I found the book by Brian Hicks, Schuyler Kropf in Amazon.com's menu and decided to pursue more information on the subject.
The authors are journalists rather than professional historians or archaeologists, but they do have a talent for writing and a sense of the character of the South and Civil War history that gives the book a more readable quality. They also seem to have researched their topic well. The final pages of the book recount their efforts to follow the "fish boat's" story from first inception to final successful strike against the USS Housatonic, a Union ship participating in the blockade of the Charleston harbor. Considering that the Hunley was a secret weapon and a stealth weapon at that, its paper trail would be expected to be a difficult one to follow. The authors made a remarkable success of it, giving life to their subject.
Interesting too was the narrative of the Hunley's resurrection and restoration. The serendipitous survival of the boat in a nearly intact condition is itself an amazing story. The great care with which it was removed from the water and painstakingly preserved is a credit to underwater archaeology. Certainly it could easily have been a disaster. What the preserved remains had to say about the vessel itself: its construction, its advanced styling, the likelihood of it's having continued to be water free for long enough to allow small stalactites to form, etc. made it an even more entertaining study. It's definitely on par with the Titanic for human interest.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Muth on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf have lived and breathed the Hunley since 1995 and it shows with this book.If you are unfamillar with the story of the Hunley,this is the book that will bring you up to speed.From the concept,to the attack,to the raising,to the excavation,Hicks and Kropf makes you feel like your right there.This book is a must read.
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