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Smn J. F. Carlson
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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 17, 1864
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

Civil War Figure, Crewmember of the HL Hunley submarine. J.F. Carlsen was European by birth and forensic analysis also confirm that Carlsen was about 5'10" tall and have traced his history in America to 1861, when he was helmsman onboard the Jefferson Davis, a privateer ship. In September of 1861, members of the Jeff Davis crew, including Carlsen, returned to Charleston and filed charges of treason at the Courthouse against the men who led the revolt. During the trial that followed, Carlsen signed witness statements. Those documents have confirmed the correct spelling of his name, which had not been previously known. There are some accounts of Carlsen's name being spelled with different initials, and with an 'o' instead of an 'e' in his last name, which made it very difficult to track down information about his life. During the time Carlsen was testifying in the mutiny trial in Charleston, the German Artillery was stationed in nearby Green Pond (Colleton County) and was actively recruiting members. Since Carlsen was not a native of South Carolina, he was most likely not subject to conscription laws. He became one of the recruits, volunteered for the artillery and was later recognized for his bravery at the Battle of Fort Walker in Hilton Head, South Carolina in November of 1861. Carlsen was assigned to the fourth crank handle on the HL Hunley, a dangerous spot in case of an emergency evacuation. Based on documents found to date, Carlsen's official military records indicate he did, in fact, die on the Hunley. Absent from his unit when the Hunley disappeared after sinking the USS Housatonic, the muster roll states that Carlsen was, "lost in the Submarine Torpedo Boat on the 16th, [17th], of Feb 1864 while in the act of sinking the U.S. Steamer Housatonic." The HL Hunley sank 4 miles off the coast of Sullivan's Island (Charleston), South Carolina, on February 17, 1864, after sinking the USS Housatonic. The submarine was raised in 2000 and the crewmembers reinterred with the first 2 crews in Magnolia Cemetery, April 17, 2004. (bio by: Just another taphophile) 
 
Burial:
Magnolia Cemetery
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Pine
Record added: Sep 22, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5793737
Smn J. F. Carlson
Added by: Just another taphophile
 
Smn J. F. Carlson
Added by: Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 
Smn J. F. Carlson
Added by: Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 
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