Names of the Crewman of the CSS H.L. HUNLEY
These lists are from The CSS H.L. Hunley, Confederate Submarine, R. Thomas
Campbell, Burd Street Press, 1999.
They were desperate, they risked it all in an effort to defeat the
enemy. They paid the ultimate price.
Crews lost, may they Rest In Peace:
29 August 1863 (these first four escaped)
Lt. John Payne, CSN, Commanding, and Lt. Charles H. Hasker, CSN, along with
two other seamen eascaped.
15 October 1863
None escaped. May they Rest In Peace.
Note: These names are being revised. See the Article about Hayes.
March 7, 2002
17 February 1864. The last crew, who made their kill, and all went to
the bottom of the Atlantic.
|Lt. George Dixon, CSA, Commanding Lieutenant George E. Dixon,
commander of the submarine, H.L. Hunley during it's final
expedition against the USS Housatonic, was never commissioned in
the Confederate Navy, and remained a member of company E of the 21st
Alabama Volunteers. He was a Kentuckian by birth (although a resident of
Mobile), and an engineer by profession. This engineering knowledge
served him well when he volunteered for command of the Hunley. Although
one source indicates that his crew in the final expedition of the Hunley
were also members of his company, the Naval Official Records indicates
that five of these men were actually sailors from the Confederate States
Navy, and one from Confederate artillery service.
|Cpl. C.F. Carlson, CSA newly assigned second in command, member
of the German Light Artillery,Captain Wagener's (South Carolina)
company of artillery.
|James A. Wicks, CSN,boatswain's
|Arnold Becker, CSN, seaman
|Fred Collins, CSN aka Seaman Frank J. Collins
|C. F. Simpkins, CSN -C. Simkins, CSS H.L.
Hunley, died February 17, 1864, when that vessel attacked the USS
Housatonic, off Charleston, South Carolina. [ORN 1, 15, 337.]
|Seaman Joseph Ridgeway, CSN, seaman,
CSS H.L. Hunley, died February 17, 1864, when that vessel
attacked the USS Housatonic, off Charleston, South Carolina. [ORN
1, 15, 337.]
|___ Miller (Miller or White could be James
Hayes or crewman wearing Chamberlin
|Second in command Lt. William Alexander was no
longer in the Charleston Area
None escaped. May they Rest In Peace, and their names be not
 See the volume, Brief Historical Sketches of Military Organizations
Raised in Alabama During the Civil War, reproduced from WIllis Brewer's Alabama:
Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men from 1540 to 1872, by the
Alabama State Department of Archives and History, 1966, page 623; also the Official
Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, volume
15, pages 335 - 338.
 Mark K. Ragan, Union and Confederate Submarine Warfare in the Civil
War, page 150.