LNL March 31 Civil War Submarine Hunley: History and Discovery

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

 LNL Submarine Hunley



 March 31 – The Civil War Submarine Hunley: History and Discovery

On the night of February 17, 1864, the CSS Hunley made naval history by becoming the very first submarine to sink a ship in combat. This feat was so advanced for its time that it did not occur again for another 50 years! This PowerPoint presentation reviews the story of the men who invented the Hunley, how and where the submarine was built and how the submarine worked. We review the history of the crew and whether a Connecticut army soldier was actually part of the its crew. We also learn about the recent burial of remains of some of the crew at the Arlington National Cemetery. 

Philip Vitielo resides in New Haven where he is the program director of the Civil War Roundtable for South Central Connecticut. He is also an active Civil War re-enactor, while still employed as a marketing director for a Stamford firm. He has previously conducted a winter history class for LLI.


Photo credit: Conrad Wise Chapman – American Civil War Museum – Chapman Paintings PortfolioAmerican Civil War Museum – Online Collections Database, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46872490