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Secret Weapon of the Confederacy

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Gone to Glory
Photograph by Ira Block

Called the “murdering machine” by some Confederate sailors, the Hunley inflicted more casualities on the South than on the North. Two crews, including this one captained by Horace Hunley and laid to rest near Charleston, died in accidents that occurred months before the sub’s final sinking. Yet to Lt. George Dixon, who captained the sub on her last mission, death was not too high a price to pay. “Charleston and its defenders will occupy the most conspicuous place in the history of the war,” Dixon wrote a few weeks before he died at the Hunley’s helm, “and it shall be as much glory as I shall wish if I can inscribe myself as one of its defenders.”

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS-1N
Film Type: Fuji RDP
Lens: 17-35mm @ 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Open shade
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light with reflector

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