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Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley

Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley

Kate Boehm Jerome
Illustrator:  Bill Farnsworth , Frank Sofo 
For ages 7 to 9
Penguin, 2002   ISBN: 978-0448425979

On August 8 2000 a wonderful event occurred. A piece of Civil War history was brought into the light of day. The Hunley was brought up from the bottom of the ocean where it sank 136 years ago. The Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Unfortunately for unknown reasons, it too sank during its daring raid, and it took adventurers and treasure ship hunters many years to find the extraordinary vessel.

In this interesting early chapter book the author tells us the story of this remarkable vessel and also gives us an excellent picture of the times. She shows us how brave and determined the crews who went into the Hunley were and what risks they faced in those days when submarine technology was so new. Now that the Hunley has been brought to the surface, scientists will have the opportunity to study the submarine and hopefully they will be able to discover what happened on that cold night in 1864. Why did the Hunley and her brave crew of eight sink after it attacked the Northern ship Housatonic?

This book is in the "All Aboard Reading" series.