doubt Captain Hunley
had exhausted himself on his pump, but he had forgotten that he had not closed his sea-cock.
We soon had the boat refitted and in good shape, reported to General Jordan
, chief of staff
, that the boat was ready again for service, and asked for a crew.
After many refusals and much dissuasion General Beauregard
finally assented to our going aboard the Confederate States
navy receiving ship Indian Chief
, then lying in the river, and secure volunteers for a crew, strictly enjoining upon us, however, that a full history of the boat in the past, of its having been lost three times and drowning twenty-three men in Charleston
, and full explanation of the hazardous nature of the service required of them, was to be given to each man. This was done, a crew shipped, and after a little practice in the river we were ordered to moor the boat off Battery Marshall
, on Sullivan's Island
Quarters were given us at Mount Pleasant
, seven miles from Battery Marshall
On account of chain booms having been put around the ironsides and monitors in Charleston harbor
to keep us off these vessels, we had to turn our attention to the fleet outside.
The nearest vessel, which we understood to be the United States
, was about twelve miles off, and she was our objective point from this time on.
In comparatively smooth water and light current the Hunley
could make four miles an hour, but in rough water the speed was much slower.
It was winter, therefore necessary that we go out with the ebb and come in with the flood tide, a fair wind, and dark moon.
This latter was essential to our success, as our experience had fully demonstrated the necessity of occasionally coming to the surface, slightly lifting the hatch-cover, and letting in a little air. On several occasions we came to the surface for air, opened the cover, and heard the men in the Federal
picket boats talking and singing.
Our daily routine, whenever possible, was about as follows:
Leave Mount Pleasant
about 1 P. M., walk seven miles to Battery Marshall
on the beach (this exposed us to fire, but it was the best walking), take the boat out and practice the crew for two hours in the Back bay
and myself would then stretch out on the beach with the compass between us and get the bearings of the nearest vessel as she took her position for the night; ship up the torpedo on the boom, and, when dark, go out, steering for the vessel, proceed until the condition of the men, sea, tide, wind, moon, and daylight compelled our return to the dock; unship the torpedo,