#59 Submarine Attack Charleston, Virginia February 17, 1864

Charleston, Va. Feb. 17, 1864


The first example of submarine warfare took place today when a Confederate submarine attacked a Northern vessel. This afternoon "The Hunley" launched an attack on several Northern ships near Charleston Harbor. With its guns not having much effect on the sea-craft, the officer in charge of the submarine decided to ram the steel vessel into a ship. A tremendous explosion followed, sending the Union ship to the bottom of the sea. The submarine was damaged because of the impact and it too went to a watery grave, destroying a crew of nine. The inventor of the submarine, Horace Hunley never lived to see his boat in combat. Hunley was killed on a trial-run, when the submarine had not been perfected.