EIGHT HUNLEY CREWMEMBERS FOUND
April 16, 2001
Archaeologists have now uncovered the
partial remains of eight crewmembers of the H. L. Hunley. "Two more skulls were
located over the weekend, and all the remains are in good condition, but we have not seen
any human tissue as a result of these latest finds," says Dr. Robert Neyland, Project
Director. So far the remains have been discovered at their proper stations around the
crank of the submarine. "The crewmembers' remains being discovered at their stations
indicated both a recognition and acceptance of their fate. The courage and bravery
exhibited by these men continually astound all those associated with the project,"
said Warren Lasch, Chairman of Friends of the Hunley. "As the crew of the titanic
remained at their duty stations until the end, the men of the Hunley have appeared to done
likewise. Evidence seems to suggest more and more that the final moments were quick and
decisive. The conduct of the Hunley crew in these fateful moments seems to have been
bravery that defied even human nature. Now with the skulls being recovered we can put
faces to this great human story," said Chairman of the Hunley Commission, Senator
Nine soldiers boarded the H. L. Hunley
on February 17th, 1864, and Lt. George Dixon is the only one left to find. Archaeologists
say they have not come across Lt. Dixon's remains because they have not reached that
portion of the submarine, where he would have last been.
One hurdle the archaeologists are
having is recovering textiles. Some of the materials are intermingled with the remains,
making the recovery process more difficult.
Used with permission of The Post
and Courier and Charleston.Net
The Hunley project has been made
possible in part through the generous support of the National Geographic Society.