Crewman with Union soldier's ID tag appears to have worn non-military garb

Saturday, January 26, 2002



Of The Post and Courier Staff
     The hunt to identify the eight crewmen of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley has taken another odd twist: One of the men might have been wearing civilian clothes.
     He's the same man who was found wearing the dog tags of a Union soldier around his neck.
     The revelation comes as scientists are stepping up their work to put names and faces with the sub's final crew.
     So far the archaeological team studying the sub knows that the youngest sailor was 17 to 20 years old when he died, while the oldest was in his 40s.
     As far as identities go, the two men who sat immediately behind sub commander Lt. George Dixon appear to be sailors, or at least wore Navy clothing.
     Archaeologists are unclear about the dress of the fourth crew member, while the fifth appears to be a veteran of a Confederate artillery unit, possibly Cpl. C