The purpose of this Independent Study is to determine the social and military impacts of the Confederate Submarine, H.L. Hunley, as a technology. This will focus in both the Civil War specifically as well as the Hunley’s legacy in the United States and naval warfare overall. I intend to prove that the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley has made an impact in naval warfare as well as archaeology due to its success as being the first fully-submersible vessel to sink a ship and its mysterious disappearance respectively. This study will achieve this goal by taking part in various historical discussions in which the Hunley takes place, primarily that of the Military Revolution Debate and Civil War technologies. I will also be incorporating research from the United States Navy as well as several sections of scholarship including, but not restricted to, the H.L. Hunley, submarine warfare, and Civil War newspapers.


Welsch, Christina




History | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | United States History

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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