Smn John Kelly

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Smn John Kelly

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 29 Aug 1863
  • Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 8648198

Civil War Figure. Seaman on the famed submarine H.L. Hunley. The first crew of the Hunley met their fate on August 29, 1863 at Fort Johnson. The Hunley sank when the wake of a passing ship flooded the sub's open hatches, allowing only four of the crewmembers to escape, while five men perished. The five men were quietly buried at a mariner's graveyard off the bank of the Ashley River. The graveyard had been Charleston's mariners' cemetery during the war. The site was mistakenly covered over when Johnson Hagood football stadium was built on it in 1948, the graves of the five Hunley crewman and 22 other Confederate sailors and marines and one child. Historians discovered the remains of the Hunley's first crew in June of 1999, during an archaeological dig beneath The Citadel's football stadium. On March 25, 2000, more than 2,500 people came to Magnolia Cemetery to bury the five crewmembers with full military honors. They were buried alongside the H. L. Hunley's second crew.

Bio by: Just another taphophile


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  • Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 17 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8648198
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Smn John Kelly (unknown–29 Aug 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8648198, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough "K" (contributor 46537737) .