In 1864, the Confederate States submarine H. L. Hunley rammed the USS Housatonic with a sparborne torpedo. But the Hunley’s fate and the story of the man for which she was named still remain a bit turbid.
While the mystery of what became of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is semi-solved, other mysteries about her and her designer abide with us still. Who was Horace Lawson Hunley, and why did he do the unusual things he did?
On 15 October 1863, Hunley drowned on a trial run of his undersea vessel with seven other brave sons of the South, each well aware of the danger. On 29 August, seven others, along with Army Lieutenant John Payne, had dived the Hunley with a passenger. Lieutenant Charles E. Hasker, on board. Only Payne, Hasker, and two of the crew survived the ensuing disaster.