Uncle Horace

In Residence Plantation House where I grew up there is an original picture of my great great uncle, Horace Lawson Hunley. I knew the story of how he and my grandfather, uncle Horace's brother-in-law Robert Ruffin Barrow, built a submarine called the H.L. Hunley to attempt to break the Union Blockade of Southern Ports during the Civil War, and that he had lost his life in that submarine, which now lies in a museum in Charleston, South Carolina.
Uncle Horace

H.L. Hunley stencil
We have the brass stencil that was used to paint the Name H.L. Hunley on the submarine. It was only later in college that I learned the significance of the submarine and the H.L. Hunley, and that it was the first submarine to sink a ship in war; it sunk the Union Ship Housatonic in 1864. Numerous books and documentaries have been written about uncle Horace and the H.L. Hunley and I will not go into details, that would be a story in itself; one has only to search the internet.

H. L. Hunley Wikipedia entry The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable Friends of the Hunley

To my family he was a hero in a cause of freedom, just as were the heroes of the American Revolution. I was brought up to view the Civil War not about slavery, rather the war was about states' rights; we had great respect for the negro people and slavery would have ended soon even without the Civil War. When the nation was formed it was a union of states. The United States and the States formed the federal government with the federal government being subservient to the will of the States. Our allegiance was first to our State and then second to the federal government, which we considered what the conflict was all about. But in all wars opposing sides have to have a moral justification and such was slavery: a moral justification for the federal government to wage war against the states. The Union Army was considered a just and righteous army and yet after the Civil War it turned itself against the American Indians killing whole villages, committing atrocities far greater than any of the Southern Army.