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No Statehouse Interment for Confederate Crew

October 01, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The eight crewmen of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley will not lie in state at the Statehouse in Charleston, a lawmaker said.

Reports that the crew would be brought to the Statehouse drew criticism from business and civil rights leaders who said it would be disrespectful to have Confederates honored in the building.

The Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy warship when it took down the Union blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston on Feb. 17, 1864.

The submarine was raised and the sailors' remains were recovered three years ago.

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