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  • Hardcover
  • 324 pages
  • The H L Hunley The Secret Hope of the Confederacy
  • Tom Chaffin
  • English
  • 01 October 2016
  • 9780809095124

About the Author: Tom Chaffin

Historian Tom Chaffin is the author L Hunley eBook ✓ of “Revolutionary Brothers Thomas Jefferson the Maruis de Lafayette and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations” to be published in November by St Martin’s Press The work tells the story of the enduring relationship between the American Founding Father and the French aristocrat and how their collaborations helped to shape events associated with.



10 thoughts on “The H L Hunley The Secret Hope of the Confederacy

  1. says:

    Tom Chaffin works with a variety of sources including the Official Records of the Confederate Army and Navy newspapers memoirs personal letters etc to piece together the story of the ill fated Hunley SubmarineI’ve always associated the sub with Charleston because of its famous sinking of the Housatonic in Charleston Harbor but the Hunley is primarily linked to New Orleans It was the South’s largest city before the war and it was where H L Hunley was working in a government position at the outbreak of the war Hunley was a pretty eccentric guy once having endeavored to build a brick octagonal tower in the center of New Orleans and sort of disappearing for months at a time during key parts of the war However with his financial backing and the help of other investors the iron clad submarine was put together in a New Orleans shipyard tested in Mobile Bay and eventually transported to Charleston This was a key moment in 1863 after the US had established its South Atlantic Blockade and positioned gunboats in Charleston HarborOnce considered the “secret hope of the Confederacy” as the War progressed the Hunley proved to be less strategically important And for Pierre Beauregard the general in charge of Confederate Charleston it even seemed like a thorn in his side At one point Beauregard laments the fact that the sub was killing Confederates than it was Union sailors And indeed from 1863 1864 the Hunley was sent on a handful of training runs and killed about 20 crewmen in the process including Hunley himself So there are endless uestions about the submarine and its eventual demise but my own uestion—and one that I wish Chaffin would have explored —is “Why was the Hunley sent out to sink the Housatonic? By that time the Confederacy had been crippled at Gettysburg and Vicksburg and to many the war seemed like a foregone conclusion Was there a real belief that the Hunley’s mission would affect the outcome of the war? The sub was a veritable death trap and sending a crew to sink a large gunboat would be a lot riskier for the Confederates than anyone else Alas only 5 Union sailors died on the Housatonic but the Hunley lost its entire crew of 9 You could say that sinking a large ship under these circumstances provided a moral victory for the Confederacy or cut a hole in the Union blockade at Charleston but Chaffin doesn’t suggest there were any real affects on the war and Charleston remained closed because there were other Union boats patrolling the area I think Beauregard’s decision to use the Hunley was likely a result of pressure to produce results and some kind of small victory for the South Evidently him and Jefferson Davis did not see eye to eye and Davis failed to recognize the general’s contributions Maybe Beauregard wanted to show that he was worthy of his lofty position in the last years of the ConfederacyAll together this is a fascinating read Chaffin is a great storyteller and makes this both a compelling and entertaining history And some of the most interesting details come at the end when the Hunley is again surfaced in 2000 and studied by a team of maritime archaeologists

  2. says:

    A good overview of the planning of several of the Confederacy's submarines its designers their use and failure and efforts to recover and research the Hunley Unlike some other books on the same subject Chaffin doesn't just focus on the Hunley submarine Instead he traces the evolution of submarine design and construction by the same group of men during the war that ultimately resulted in the Hunley He includes some information about previously attempted submarine designs as wellThe actual attack on the USS Housatonic does not feature very prominently into this book only filling about 5 pages so that feels somewhat anticlimactic He does a decent job at clearing up and dispelling some of the mythology surrounding the submarineOne of the drawbacks of this book which the author is very forthcoming in acknowledging is the fact that there isn't a ton of primary source documentation about these submarines Because the ships were made by a non governmental group there isn't a lot of archival information The boats were also kept somewhat secret so there wasn't as much newspaper coverage as there is for other events and ships As a result of the lack of primary source material there are places where he makes some leaps in judgement He does however point these jumps outOverall this was an enjoyable book to read A good blend of storytelling and scholarship

  3. says:

    Excellent book that explores how the H L Hunley was created; the men who built her and gave their lives serving on her; her short career that changed naval history; and the eventual discovery of her sunken wreck and the efforts to conserve her for history

  4. says:

    sometimes got a little too technical but good stories on the people involved

  5. says:

    A very good book about the three submarines built by Hunley and his associates during the Civil War The discovery and salvage of the Hunley is also covered Well paced and interesting to read

  6. says:

    This is the amazing story of the three Confederate submarines made during the Civil War in an attempt to sink the many Union ships that were blockading the important ports of the South Only the last vessel was called the Hunley although the man named Hunley was involved to some degree in the creation andor piloting of all three The last vessel was the only successful one it sank the Union ship Housatonic in Charleston Harbor in 1964 It was a steel cigar shaped vessel only 4 feet in diameter and hand powered so not only were the men up to 8 crouched over but they had to crank the irregular shaft to drive the single propeller Fore and aft ballast chambers could take in and pump out manually water to lower and raise the vessel Tiny glass windows in the forward hatch allowed the captain to see out for steering only when the vessel was at the water's surface In its successful mission it carried a torpedo on a long spike in front of it and stuck it to the underside of the enemy ship The Housatonic blew up and sank killing 5 sailors; the Hunley also sank killing all eight on board Previous mishaps with the Hunley had already killed 13 men so its total came to 21The book ends with a description of the discovery of the Hunley in Charleston harbor in 1995 by novelist Clive Cussler its raising in 2000 and the ongoing research and preservation at the Lasch Conservation Center The author embellishes the story well with much research into the lives of the men involved in creating and promoting the Hunley including the post war fate of those who were not in the crew

  7. says:

    One of the disturbing ironies of history is that technology is most often moved forward by the forces of war The development of the submarine is no exception In his lead up to the actually history of the development construction and utilization of the H L Hunley during the Civil War Tom Chaffin reports that the chief interest in developing any vessel to travel under water was the advantage of sneaking up on enemy sea craft and sinking them Upon reading the history of the first submarine that actually succeeded in sinking another vessel I find that the ironies do not stop there but I leave them for the reader to discover The advantages of turning to this particular account of the businessmen engineers military minds and various crews who's lives become embroiled in this technological victory are at least twofold Mr Chaffin diligently searches out first generation documentation to get beyond the cloak of tradition and unfettered speculation that has risen up around the story of the Hunley over the decades He also has access to much archeological and forensic data that has become available since the relatively recent discovery and recovery of the vessel from the sea floor some four score years after the attack Add to this his clear cut writing and easy narrative style and the reader has a good reporting of the ambition the patriotism the desperation and the diligence that led to such a tragic success

  8. says:

    This is the story of the HL Hunley the storied Confederate Submarine the first one to sink an enemy ship The book encompasses the conception construction and building of the Hunley including it's two prototypes It takes readers from the beginnings in New Orleans through Mobile AL and then finally to Charleston including it's recovery from the ocean floor in 2000 and the attempts to discover information on what happened to the ship and identify the remains of the crewI absolutely loved this book While the author is complete in his telling of the tale he also doesn't get too wordy or over intellectualize the story He looks into the historical record to try and give some personality to these men who built her some who survived the war to write about it and those who sailed her I had long heard of this story but never really investigated it So glad I took the chance to read this bookThe saddest part of the story is the infighting in the state of SC as to whether spending money on the Hunley project is glorifying the Confederacy Yikes Really? We are all Americans now aren't we? The Hunley was an amazing project conceived and carried out by brave men in a tumultuous time of our country We should not let political correctness of the day overwhelm the boldness and historical significance of the momentRecommend for Students of the Civil War and lovers of Naval stories

  9. says:

    Tom Chaffin’s The H L Hunley is a largely competent history book The majority of the book 23 or so of the text centers around the building of the Hunley and two prior submarines along with a recounting of the various unsuccessful and one successful but ill fated mission of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship The scholarship seems solid the writing is engaging and you feel like you learned a good bit The main problem is how he deals with the contemporary finding of the Hunley and the ‘unanswered uestions’ surrounding the sinking In dealing with the discovery Chaffin leaves out a good bit of controversy I suspect in an effort to keep things neat and straightforward However it would have been nice for him to have provided some background on the controversy and a bit about why he dismisses it particularly in light of his over long methodology discussion in the introduction There are also a number of mysteries concerning the Hunley to discuss and here Chaffin falls short Rather than do research and it seems as if the history parts are extensively researched he simply related a lot of conjecture at times to boring length and doesn’t seem to provide any new info beyond what discoveries have happened since the last book was written on the subject Given that the mysteries I’d argue than the sinking of the Housatonic are what have kept the Hunley alive in popular memory his treatment is unsatisfactory at best

  10. says:

    I should perhaps preface my review by saying I am not a civil war buff My interest in war history is minimal but I'm trying to expand my horizons for 2013 and picked this book up when my mom recommended it I struggled in places where I needed some background on the war and its players As xenchu wrote it's not a scholarly work which I very much benefitted from It is a uite factual book Unfortunately the facts around the Hunley and its submarine predecessors are few Not being a civil war history buff I found myself extremely frustrated by how often there were no source documents or accounts I felt like I was reading a lot of well this is what might have happened or it could have been this There were some lovely turns of phrase porpoiselike aplomb I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about the civil war or maritime history

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