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Honoring A Maritime Treasure That Changed Naval Warfare
As America’s leading organization providing limited edition special issue firearms to collectors, America Remembers is dedicated to commemorating the heroes and the pivotal events that shaped our nation’s history. Now, we are proud to present the C.S.S. H.L. Hunley Recovery Tribute Revolver, an elegantly decorated limited edition firearm that honors a very historic event in American history, the sinking of the USS Housatonic, a Federal sloop-of-war, by the C.S.S. H.L. Hunley, on the night of February 17, 1864, off Sullivan’s Island near the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The successful attack was a history-making first by a submarine against an enemy vessel in warfare. The Tribute is being issued with the cooperation of the E. Porter Alexander Camp #158 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Augusta, Georgia group that spearheaded the search that ultimately ended in the discovery of the Confederate submarine, the C.S.S. H.L. Hunley.
The right side of the barrel features an illustration showing the C.S.S. H.L. Hunley on the verge of the victory her creator had worked so hard for, but never lived to see. The cylinder features a magnificent portrait of Horace Lawson Hunley, the engineer and inventor who was so instrumental in the development of this submarine, and gave his life in a test run of the submarine.
On the left side of the barrel, the familiar battle flag of the Confederate States of America is proudly framed by elegant scrollwork. This battle flag was designated as the official naval jack by the Secretary of the Navy in 1863, and flew proudly on the ships of the Confederate Navy.
The reverse side of the cylinder features a dramatic illustration of the Hunley in dry-dock. The distinctive shape of the submarine’s hull, the entry hatches at her top and the dive planes on her side are clearly visible.
Along the backstrap, an honored roll call lists the names of four courageous individuals who were so instrumental in the Hunley’s heritage – McClintock, Payne, Hunley and Dixon. At the top of the backstrap, a legend records the date the Hunley was recovered from the Charleston waters – “August 8, 2000.”
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