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

Report of Captain Rowan, U. S. Navy, transmitting report of Captain Green, U.S. Navy, commanding U. S. S. Canandaigua.


                                                                      U.S.S. NEW IRONSIDES,

                                                         Off Morris Island, February 18, 1864.

SIR: I dispatch the Paul Jones with information of the loss of the U. S. S. Housatonic, which was sunk by a “David” torpedo last night about 9:30 o’clock.

As soon as the signal was made from the Canandaigua, “Assistance, in want of,” Lieutenant-Commander Belknap went out in a tug.

I enclose Captain Green’s report.

       I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


  Captain and Senior Officer, off Charleston.

Rear-Admiral JNO. A. DAHLGREN

Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

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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