In the last few days scientists studying the wreck of the H. L. Hunley have announced a new discovery that sheds light on her mysterious fate. The Hunley, a Confederate vessel, became the first submarine to sink a ship in military history when she blew a hole in the USS Housatonic in 1864. But she never returned after her success, and even after her wreck was discovered and raised why she sank has remained a mystery. Now archaeologists have discovered a portion of her spar torpedo still connected to the ship, meaning that it had not been released when detonated, putting the Hunley only twenty feet from the explosion of the 135 pounds of gunpowder. This discovery gives scholars more information to use when trying to guess what went wrong with the Hunley. More discoveries will likely be made as they continue to chip away at the thick layer of rock and sand that built up around the ship while she lay on the ocean floor. For more details you can read the press release from the Friends of the Hunley.
Stay tuned for the release of our Civil War video series to learn the rest of the incredible story of the H. L. Hunley!
In America we have many notions about the slave trade and it’s purposes and evil. But are we right? We talk with our friend Julius Chapola from Malawi, Africa, and get his perspective on slavery and the slave trade.
Our episode on John Brown from Discerning History: Causes of the Civil War, has been selected as a semi-finalist at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. The trailer for the festival is above, and you can see the link for our film here.
During the time of the Civil War one of the most famous frontiersmen was Kit Carson. He left his home in Missouri when he was 16, and spent years exploring the west, serving as a guide to “the Pathfinder,” John C. Fremont, who became a Union general, fighting in the Mexican War and serving as an agent to the Indians. At the Battle of Valverde in 1862, Carson fought on the Union side commanding a regiment of New Mexico volunteers. In 1864 the famous Carson was called upon by the United States Army to aid in troubles with the Navajo Indians.