Sinking of the U. S. S. Housatonic by the Confederate States submarine torpedo boat H. L. Hunley, off Charleston, S. C., February 17, 1864

Letter from General Beauregard, C. S. Army, to Mr. Leary, announcing the probable loss of the torpedo boat H. L. Hunley and her commanding officer.

HEADQUARTERS, ETC., March 10, 1864.

            SIR: I am directed by the commanding general to inform you that it was the torpedo boat H L. Hunley that destroyed the Federal man-of-war Housatonic, and that Lieutenant Dixon commanded the expedition, but I regret to say that nothing since has been heard either of Lieutenant Dixon or the torpedo boat. It is therefore feared that that gallant officer and his brave companions have perished.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain and Assistant Adjutant- General.

H.J. LEARY, Esq.,

Marietta, Ga.


Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion; Series I - Volume 15: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 1, 1863 - September 30, 1864), 1902, U.S. Government Printing Office
The war of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies; Series 1 - Volume 35 (Part II), 1891, U.S. Government Printing Office

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