Uncle Horace

Horace Hunley
Horace Hunley

In Volumnia Farm House where I grew up there is an original picture of my great great uncle, Horace Lawson Hunley.

I knew the story of how he and my grandfather, uncle Horace’s brother-in-law Robert Ruffin Barrow, built a submarine called the H.L. Hunley to attempt to break the Union Blockade of Southern Ports during the Civil War, and that he had lost his life in that submarine, which now lies in a museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

We have the brass stencil that was used to paint the Name H.L. Hunley on the submarine. It was only later in college that I learned the significance of the submarine and the H.L. Hunley, and that it was the first submarine to sink a ship in war; it sunk the Union Ship Housatonic in 1864. Numerous books and documentaries have been written about uncle Horace and the H.L. Hunley and I will not go into details, that would be a story in itself; one has only to search the internet.

H.L. Hunley stencil
H.L. Hunley stencil