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What really happened to the Hunley?

It took two full days after the Housatonic’s decks were swimming with fish before the Confederacy’s top brass in Charleston asked the obvious question. Nearly 150 years later, it’s still the mystery that a dozen years of studying the Hunley’s bones has yet to solve.

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“I’ve got the coin.”

In March 2001, researchers probing the muddy interior of the Hunley found the first bones.

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learning from the Hunley

From the crucible of desperation, the South forged an improbable secret weapon: a hand-cranked attack boat. The H.L. Hunley was designed to do what no vessel in the world had ever done: sink a warship from beneath the waves.

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