Civil War enthusiasts commemorate the 145th anniversary of the sinking of the H.L. Hunley

Tuesday marked the 145th anniversary of the night the H.L. Hunley submarine attacked and sank the Union war ship U.S.S Housatonic.

Thirteen men lost their lives that night in 1864: eight from the Hunley and five from the Housatonic.

“They thought they saw a big fish, a dolphin,” said Civil War reenactor Jan Stewart. “And by the time the Hunley got close enough for them to realize that they were going to be attacked there was little time for them to put out any kind of warning.”

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