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Confederate saboteurs : building the Hunley and other secret weapons of the Civil War

Ragan, Mark K. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library E 467 .R34 2015 30775305506116 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781623492786
  • ISBN: 1623492785
  • ISBN: 9781623492793
  • ISBN: 1623492793
  • Physical Description: print
    249 pages, 36 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2015.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-239) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Formation and deployment -- First torpedo strike and launching the Hunley -- Richmond invests in the Corps -- Losing the Hunley -- Operations throughout the Confederacy -- Taking the fight to the enemy.
Subject: Confederate States of America. Singer Secret Service Corps Biography
Confederate States of America. Singer Secret Service Corps History
Singer, Edgar Collins 1825-1919
Confederate States of America. Army Officers Biography
Mechanical engineers Biography
Secret service Confederate States of America History
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Submarine
H.L. Hunley (Submarine)

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Confederate Saboteurs : Building the Hunley and Other Secret Weapons of the Civil War
Confederate Saboteurs : Building the Hunley and Other Secret Weapons of the Civil War
by Ragan, Mark K.
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Confederate Saboteurs : Building the Hunley and Other Secret Weapons of the Civil War


Facing an insurmountable deficit in resources compared to the Union navy, the Confederacy resorted to unorthodox forms of warfare to combat enemy forces. Perhaps the most energetic and effective torpedo corps and secret service company organized during the American Civil War, the Singer Secret Service Corps, led by Texan inventor and entrepreneur Edgar Collins Singer, developed and deployed submarines, underwater weaponry, and explosive devices. The group's main government-financed activity, which eventually led to other destructive inventions such as the Hunley submarine and behind-enemy-line railroad sabotage, was the manufacture and deployment of an underwater contact mine. During the two years the Singer group operated, several Union gunboats, troop transports, supply trains, and even the famous ironclad monitor Tecumseh fell prey to its inventions. In Confederate Saboteurs: Building the Hunley and Other Secret Weapons of the Civil War, submarine expert and nautical historian Mark K. Ragan presents the untold story of the Singer corps. Poring through previously unpublished archival documents, Ragan also examines the complex personalities and relationships behind the Confederacy's use of torpedoes and submarines.
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