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During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.
The story about the gold coin carried by Lt. Dixon is true. At the Battle of Shiloh, the gold coin saved his life by blocking a bullet; the dented coin, engraved with the date of the battle, was found in his remains, which had a leg wound.
Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard:
And what about you, Dixon? What did you lose in this war besides a good chunk of your leg? Your wife. I do not wish to be... indiscreet, but I have heard the story. She was on a ferry boat that went down in the Tennessee River - hit by a torpedo... ...
The Hunley's torpedo was much simpler in design than it is in the movie. In the film, the sub rams the torpedo into the side of a ship, attaching the explosive to the hull. Then the sub backs away and detonates the bomb with a rope. In real life, the sub rammed the torpedo into the ship, detonating the explosive on impact. This was determined by the archaeologists in 2013, as they preserved the Hunley.