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H. L. Hunley Exhibit Coming to Edgefield September 26

web posted August 25, 2014

EDGEFIELD   Historic Edgefield will be the backdrop for the H. L. Hunley Exhibit making its first visit to the county on Friday, September 26, and will be located in the parking lot next to Piedmont Technical College on Main Street from 9am until 5pm. The full size replica of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship will be a once in a lifetime experience for many and will draw people from all over the state, and beyond. The actual sub is still undergoing conservation efforts to preserve it for future generations.

The tour will conclude after stops in Aiken County. On Saturday, September 27, it will be in North Augusta at the Nancy Carson Library from 9am until 3pm. Sunday, September 28th, it will be at the Aiken County Historical Museum from 10am until 5pm.

One of the most amazing events of American history is often overlooked and forgotten, but for seven young men and their commanding officer, history was made in a night of glory and sacrifice. For the first time in history a submarine was used as a military means of attach and sink a hostile vessel from beneath the surface of the ocean.

During the War Between the States, Horace Lawson Hunley converted a steam boiler into a submarine. It was first conceived and constructed in Mobile, Alabama, but was moved by train to Charleston, SC to be an effective new weapon that could be used to break the Union blockade.

The Hunley traveling exhibit, built by John Dangerfield, is an exact life-size replica of the original and experiencing it in person will give the visitor a hands-on feel for the conditions experienced by the crew.

The length of the replica is approximately 65 feet and its width is about 4 feet.The Hunley exhibit is accompanied by the H. L. Hunley Camp #43, Sons of the Confederate Veteran living history encampment. It is in memory of Mr. H. L. Hunley and all those who served their country to the fullest extend that this exhibit was created.

This exhibit is free to the general public. Make sure to mark your calendar now so you do not miss out experiencing and seeing a piece of history right here in Edgefield.

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