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 Posted: Mon Oct 20th, 2008 10:57 pm
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BUT  Texas Defender the blue light was seen on shore .  The signal that the deed had been done.  Seen by more than one person.

Something happened after the blue light was shown.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 20th, 2008 11:14 pm
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  It is true that LTC O.M. Dantzler of Battery Marshall reported seeing the blue signal light. If that is indeed what he saw, then the loss of the boat was not due to the shock wave from the explosion. The sinking would have had to have been from a mechanical failure afterwards.

  The question in my mind is whether Dantzler (and/or others) actually saw Dixon's signal, or just thought that he did. This is a question that I can't resolve. He certainly thought that he had seen the signal, and assumed that the HUNLEY had returned safely. But was the power of suggestion at work?

  If the HUNLEY was able to give the signal from the surface, then it was likely not swamped by a wave. I believe that the commander's hatch was in place. The article in the beginning of the thread says that it might have been open half an inch, but if that was the case, it could have been closed.

  I believe that if Dixon gave the signal from the surface, then he voluntarily submerged after that. What caused the mechanical failure that doomed the boat can only be speculated on. Perhaps the experts will give us the answer some day.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 21st, 2008 11:24 pm
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what if they were waiting out the ruckus on the surface on the bottom and when the time came to surface the boat was simply stuck in the mud? or perhaps they accidentally outstayed their oxygen supply and were too weak to crank?
By the way there's a new book on the Hunley:

http://www.amazon.com/H-L-Hunley-Secret-Confederacy/dp/0809095122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224631318&sr=1-1

the author also wrote "Sea of Gray" about the CSS Shenandoah which was quite a good read.

I just got my copy yesterday so I can't really vouch for this one with the exception of my previous experience with Mr. Chaffin's writing.

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OH NO!!!! another book to add to the growing list .  agghhhhh

Susan



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susansweet wrote: OH NO!!!! another book to add to the growing list .  agghhhhh

Susan
It never ends..........the list is life.



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As a friend says he is going to live a long life as he is not leaving til he reads everybook in his house.  I agree.



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susansweet wrote: As a friend says he is going to live a long life as he is not leaving til he reads everybook in his house.  I agree.:Dat last we have discovered the key to eternal life.....buying and reading books!
Kinda' like a Dorian Grey trip for bookworms.



 Posted: Mon Oct 27th, 2008 12:28 am
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I like that Dorian Grey for bookworms .  Good one Capt.

Susan



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If I can't die until I've read everything I have, I'll be approximately 116 years old -- assuming I don't buy anything in the interim.

ole



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Tell me when you're getting close to finishing and I'll send you a few more books ole...if I gotta stay so do you LOL!

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i wanna stay young forever, anyone found the fountain of youth yet???

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Dixie Girl wrote: i wanna stay young forever, anyone found the fountain of youth yet???reference the few previous posts.....while not a fountain of youth, we have determined that none of us can die until we finish all the books on our "to read" list:shock:.



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in which case, i better keep buying books and keep finding more i need to read



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around here that's pretty easy...for instance that new book about the Hunley I mentioned earlier in this thread....how's that for a clever return to the topic?



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Okay, I'll further that boomerang to the topic: what was Dixon's background, not just with the Hunley but before? Why was he chosen for the Hunley mission? The most I know about him is the gold coin in his pocket, and what info you folks and articles I've read since the Hunley's raising have mentioned. . . all very interesting, but that always leads me backwards, as do most of the best Civil War topics! Which accounts for my own personal towering stacks of "must reads". . . How'd you like that? Two topics in one post!

Pam



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  To address your questions, Lieutenant George Dixon was an interesting fellow. He became the commander of the CSS HUNLEY because his unit was reassigned to Mobile, where he became interested in it,  and also because two previous crews of the boat became casualties. On the second, the designer, Mr. Horace Hunley, was lost. (15Oct63). The boat was recovered, and a third crew of volunteers was selected to man it.

  As for Dixon's background, here is one of the many sources available. It also contains links to some of the other sources.

George E. Dixon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  And here is another source, which displays a reconstructed likeness of Dixon himself.

George E. Dixon ( - 1864) - Find A Grave Memorial



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yep that pretty much sums up all I know about Dixon.
one side note about the old TNT movie "the Hunley" while I recommend it for it's portrayal of the operation and basic history of the Hunley, it does Mr. Dixon a great disservice by depicting him as a suicidal drunk mourning the death of a wife the real Dixon never had.



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