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Underwater attack is a first for naval warfare

This week in Civil War history

February 17, 2014
By HARRY SCHOGER - Special to the Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

During this week 150 years ago in Civil War history an event occurred which involved no one from Trumbull County, but was a notable first in the annals of naval warfare. On Feb. 17, 1864, a Confederate "submarine," the C.S.S. H.L. Hunley attacked and sank the Union blockade ship U.S.S. Housatonic off the coast of Charleston, S.C. Never before had a submersible craft sunk a naval warship in combat.



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