Unlike most fighting men in the Confederacy, the Hunley sailors
apparently wore sensible shoes.
Archaeologists excavating the submarine say the shoes they've
found in the sub so far are "functional, decent footwear."
"They're fragile, but I don't see any signs of these guys
having patched their shoes," said project manager Dr. Bob Neyland. "That may
show up later."
Confederate soldiers were known to have terrible problems in
acquiring shoes and often saw their footwear fall apart after weeks of marching. Although
the Hunley crewmen were volunteers drafted from Charleston Harbor defense boats, there was
believed to be a shoe shortage virtually everywhere in the South.
Four shoes have so far been found. The archaeologists expect to
find 18 in total - a whole set for the nine-member crew, although some of the men might
still be found to have entered the sub barefooted.