This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History
-Dedicated to Civil War episodes, battles, people and ships that also appear in my game,
GMT’s Rebel Raiders on the High Seas,
Historical Event: On this day in 1863 the experimental submarine
Hunley sank during trials in Charleston. Five crew members drowned. The ship’s commander, Confederate Navy Lt.
John A. Payne and two other crewmen escaped.
The vessel was raised but a second trial on October 15 proved even more
catastrophic – as the ship’s inventor, H.L. Hunley, and seven others
drowned. The Confederate Army, which
despite the Navy crew remained in charge of the vessel, raised her again. CSS
Hunley did go on to attack the Union fleet, and for that story see the
blog entry cited below.
Game Connection: The
Hunley is represented in Rebel Raiders by CSN Card 73. The target of its attack in 1864, the USS
Housatonic is also represented in the game (USN Card 27). For the story of their tragic yet historic
duel, see my entry from August 26: