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

Order of Rear-Admiral Dahlgren, U. S. Navy, to a board of officers comprising a court of enquiry.



Port Royal Harbor, S. C., February 22, 1864.

            GENTLEMEN: You are constituted a court of enquiry to ascertain the facts of the recent disaster that befell the U. S. S. Housatonic through the agency of a rebel torpedo.

            Which you will state, with your opinion thereon. Second Lieutenant Young, of marines, will act as judge-advocate.

            Please to signify to me, as soon as possible, what officers and men may be required for evidence, so that they may not be sent away when needed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Rear-Admiral, Comdg. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

Captain J. F. GREEN,

   U. S. S. Canandaigua.

Captain J. DE CAMP,

      U. S. S. Wabash.

Lieutenant-Commander WILLIAMSON,

              U.  S. S. Flag.


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

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