Hunley crew's burial set for Saturday
Thursday, March 23, 2000
By SCHUYLER KROPF
Of The Post and Courier staff
The funeral for five members of the Confederate submarine
Hunley's first crew is Saturday, and hundreds of Civil War re-enactors are expected to
escort the procession through the streets of Charleston.
The march will start at 10:45 a.m. at The Battery.
"For years, we didn't know what happened to the first
crew," said Randy Burbage of the Confederate Heritage Trust.
"Now that we do, we're able to put them at rest in a place
of honor and dignity with Horace Hunley and the second crew," he said. "It's
like the fullfilment of a life-long dream."
The procession will carry the skeletal remains on horse-drawn,
flag-draped carriages to Magnolia Cemetery for a 12:30 p.m. burial ceremony in the Hunley
No parking restrictions are in place along the parade route, but
northbound traffic on East Bay Street and Morrison Drive will be interrupted when the
procession passes through.
The five sets of remains were uncovered during a dig at The
Citadel's football stadium where a Civil War cemetery was covered over during
construction. The men drowned in the fall of 1863 when the wake of a passing ship rushed
through the Hunley's open hatches near its mooring on James Island. The remains will be
buried next to Horace Hunley, one of the sub's principal designers. He and eight others
died inside the sub a few weeks later during a second testing mishap.
Saturday's procession will follow the same route as last year's
burial march when about two-dozen sets of Confederate remains were put to rest.
The procession will go from The Battery, down East Bay Street to
Morrison Drive and into the cemetery. It should take about one hour to walk the 4.5 mile
route. Some re-enactors will be wearing their best dress uniforms. There also will be a
On Friday night, the remains will lie in-state at the Episcopal
Church of the Holy Communion at Cannon and Ashley streets downtown. A Requiem Eucharist
service will be held at 7 p.m.
Re-enactors from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia,
Mississippi and North Carolina are expected to attend Saturday's main event, Burbage said.
The victims are all believed to be Irish immigrants who joined
the Confederate cause in New Orleans. They joined the Hunley project after being stationed
in Charleston. A forensics examination on one set of bones shows one of the five Hunley
sailors was a 13-year-old boy.
WANT TO GO?
What: Funeral procession and burial of five Confederate submarine
When: Saturday at The Battery. March begins about 10:45 a.m.,
after a brief ceremony. March to Magnolia Cemetery should take about one hour. Burial
scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Who: Civil War re-enactors will escort horse-drawn funeral
Where: March route is down East Bay Street to Morrison Drive and
into Magnolia Cemetery.
Parking: Limited spaces outside the cemetery. Some distance
walking may be required.
Church Service: On Friday, the skeletal remains will lie in-state
at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion at Cannon and Ashley streets downtown. A
Requiem Eucharist service will be held at 7 p.m.
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