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Hunley Crew

Important Men

Horace Hunley was responsible with creating the first submarine. The H.L. Hunley was accidentally trapped on the bottom of Charleston Harbor on October 15, 1863, killing the crew along with Hunley.

Beauregard was a U.S. military leader. He was born near New Orleans, and graduated from West Point in 1838. He also served in the Mexican War before joining the Confederacy in 1861 after Louisiana seceded. He resigned his commission and became a general in the Confederate army. There he commanded the forces that bombarded Ft. Sumter, S.C., and was in command at the battles of Bull Run and Shiloh. He conducted the defenses of Charleston, S.C. and Richmond, VA. He played a big roll with the Hunley. He was also in charge of finding the third and last crew of the Hunley.

One-time company commander John Cothran described Dixon as "very handsome, fair, nearly six feet tall and of most attractive presence. I never knew a better man; and there never was a braver man in any service of any army." "Early in the war, in Mobile, Ala., Queenie Bennett (Dixon's fiancée) gave him a $20 gold piece. While at Shiloh, a Union bullet penetrated his trouser pocket and struck the coin. The impact left the gold piece shaped like a bell, with the bullet embedded in it. If it wasn't for that coin, he probably would have died on the battlefield and the Hunley might never have made history. He would carry that coin the rest of his life, and would be seen from time-to-time fingering the good luck" piece and memory of his lost love."-Friends of the Hunley(History of the Crew).

"From the Chesapeake to the mouth of the Rio Grande, our coast is better fitted for submarine warfare than any other in the world." This quote is from one of the southern papers about the water off the shore of the southern region. This may of helped to spark the idea of the submarine to James McClintock and Baxter Watson. These two men were already in the steam gauge manufacturing business. Down in New Orleans, they had already designed, built and sold two bullet making machines to the Confederate government.
Late in the fall of 1861, they began to construct a three-man underwater vessel. During the early phases of construction another Louisiana gentleman eagerly joined McClintock and Watson in their underwater venture. His name was Horace L. Hunley.

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