The H. L. Hunley

The Secret Hope of the Confederacy
Author(s): Tom Chaffin
Original Publish Date: Sep 30, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.62 hours)
Product Number: Z100127996
Released: Aug 17, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481567442
Narrator/s: Barrett Whitener
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On the evening of February 17, 1864, the Confederacy's H. L. Hunley sank the Union's formidable sloop-of-war, the USS Housatonic-to her own demise. For generations, searchers prowled Charleston's harbor for the sunken boat, while legends surrounding the Hunley and its fate continued to grow. Even after the submarine was located in 1995 and recovered five years later, those legends have continued to grow. Now, in a tour de force of document sleuthing and insights gleaned from the excavation of this remarkable vessel, distinguished Civil War-era historian Tom Chaffin presents the most thorough telling possible of the H. L. Hunley's story. Of panoramic breadth, this Civil War saga begins long before the submarine was even assembled and follows the tale into the boat's final hours and through its recovery in 2000. The H. L. Hunley is an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, and Military Book Club.

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Author(s): Tom Chaffin
Product Number EB00102959
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429990356

Professional reviews

"The Confederate entrepreneur H.L. Hunley designed and built an eponymous eight-man submarine--a death trap that drowned all three crews who sailed in her, including H.L. himself. Because the boat disappeared after her first victory, questions remained, creating a cult of interest in her history. Taciturn narrator Barrett Whitener keeps himself in the background, letting the obscure story be the main character. He builds the archiving of the ship's contents to a swell of sentiment as he describes the finding of a lucky twenty-dollar gold piece on the corpse of one of the Rebel sailors. As enlightening as the performance may be, listeners--although well stocked with the author's description--will find themselves yearning to see the Civil War contraption. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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