Hunley Housatonic Memorial

FEBRUARY 18, 2018

150 years ago on February 17, 1864, the H. L. Hunley carried 8 courageous men to a most daring encounter with a Yankee ship, the USS Housatonic. This memorial service will be a very solemn service, in which the 8 crewmen of the H. L Hunley and the 5 crew members of the USS Houstonic, will be honored on February 18, 2018. The memorial service will be held at the Sunrise Presbyterian Church at Breach Inlet on Sullivan’s Island, with the service commencing at 7:00 p.m. We will start our event by first giving credit to the brave reenactors who march from Ft. Moultrie to Breach Inlet which was the same path the crew of the H.L. Hunley took in order to get to Battery Marshall. You will always hear an incredible speaker, as well as music, during our memorial service. The United States Charleston Submarine Veterans are always honoring our memorial service with their presence and will speak on how the H. L. Hunley was the beginning of the modern submarines as we know them now in American history. During the church service as the 13 men are memorialized, you will view the ladies dressed in widows weeds as they represent the widows of each crewmen. They will each receive flowers on behalf of the US Charleston SubVets. Rev. Polley will ring the bell after the name of each 13 crewman is read. After the church service, you will be asked to join a procession as we march to the shores of Breach Inlet. The ladies dressed in black gently toss flowers from the ocean shore into the water in memory of the men they represent. The US Charleston SubVets will then toss wreaths into the water honoring our memorial service. You will hear bugles playing echoing taps, rifles and cannons shooting in the night. Please come and attend this memorial service as we honor the crewman who lost their lives on the H.L. Hunley and the USS Housatonic. For directions to the memorial service, we have them listed below.

Sponsored by The Confederate Heritage Trust, Inc.
Hunley Directions