On this day in the Civil War, a watchman on the USS Housatonic, a blockade ship patrolling in Charleston Harbor, sees something in the water making its way toward the ship, it turns out to be the Confederate semi-submersible ship H L Hunley. 

The Hunley is armed with a torpedo, which blows a hole in the Housatonic on impact. Both vessels sink.

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Charleston Harbor

 

 

 

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