The Hunley called the "FISH"
Confederate Navy Research Center, Mobile,
Monument Unveiled on Capitol Hill, Montgomery, Alabama, with Impressive Ceremony, December 7, 1897.
From the Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser, Dec. 8, 1897
Reprinted in the Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. 26, Page 215.
Instructive and Eloquent Speeches by Prominent Men.
Southland Moans for its Heroes. Reverence and Patriotism Guiding Spirits of the
Splendid Oration by Ex-Governor Thomas O. Jones, with Inspiring Addresses by Colonel W. J. Sanford, Colonel J. W. A. Sanford, Captain Ben. H. Screws, and Hon. Hilary A. Herbert.
HON. H. A. HERBERT'S SPEECH.
Ladies and Gentlemen and Ladies of the Memoria1 Association:
I thank you, ladies, for the opportunity given to me, a Confederate soldier, to say a few words for the Confederate sailor.
................In another branch of naval warfare
the genius of Confederate naval officers was similarly conspicuous.
They developed the use of the torpedo to an extent never before dreamed of.
More than forty United States vessels were badly injured or totally
destroyed by this weapon.
There is no better illustration of Confederate devotion and daring than the history of the "Fish," a little submarine torpedo boat, that was built at Mobile. There, in the first experiment, the little craft failed to rise and buried her crew of eight in the waters. The "Fish" was raised and taken to Charleston. Another crew of nine went down with her and only one escaped. There were volunteers again, and the third crew went down, only three escaping. Still there were volunteers, a fourth time the little boat went down and failed to rise. Still another crew volunteered and all were drowned. Out of five crews of eight men each, all but four men had been lost, but the spirit of the Confederates was not yet daunted.
Lieutenant George E. Dixon, of the 21st Alabama Infantry, begged to be allowed to take out the "Fish" to attack the iron-clad Housatonic that lay off Charleston harbor. Beauregard consented, but only on condition that the boat should not go under water. The conditions were accepted; the Housatonic was destroyed, but Dixon and all his brave crew went down to rise no more.
When wrecks in Charleston harbor were being destroyed, after the close of the civil war, near the Housatonic lay the "Fish." In it were the skeletons of Dixon and his six companions, every man at his post.
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