Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley

Marker ID:  
Location: on John Street near Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 47.35    W 079° 56.143
  32.78916666    -79.93571666
Style: Mounted **
Status: The marking is missing.


Brought from Mobile, Alabama in August 1863 to help defeat the Union naval blockade of Charleston, H.L. Hunley became the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship. Armed with a spar-mounted torpedo, it sank the Federal blockading vessel, Housatonic, the night of February 17, 1864. Although accomplishing its objective, H.L. Hunley never returned to port.

Eluding searchers for more than a century, the submarine was concidered perma- nently lost. It was not, however, forgotten in Charleston. Recognizing the vessel´s pioneer place in modern undersea warfare, The Charleston Museum between 1967 and 1979 operated a branch "Hunley Museum", which featured this full-scale model.

Built according to the limited historical data available at the time, the Museum´s model differs in several details from the original vessel, which was found in 1955 and raised on August 8, 2000. Owned by the United States government, H.L. Hunley is under the authority of the South Carolina Hunley Commission.


More information:
Friends of the Hunley
Wikipedia - H. L. Hunley (submarine)
Wikipedia - South Carolina in the American Civil War
Wikipedia - Fort Sumter
Wikipedia - Fort Moultrie
Wikipedia - Charleston, South Carolina in the American Civil War