"Blue Light and the H. L. Hunley, Debunking the Blue Lantern Myth"

Jackson Justice Center, Room 220
Sylva, NC
Marcia Woosley
Apr 08, 2013
7:00 PM

WNCCWRT News Release for the Week of April 1

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will meet on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Jackson Criminal Justice Center in Sylva, Room 220.  Come and meet the speaker at Bogart's in Sylva for dinner at 5:00 pm.  This will be followed by a social hour at the Justice Center at 6:30 pm and by the presentation by Christopher Rucker, MD at 7:00 pm. Dr. Rucker's  address will use material researched for his article "Blue Light and the H. L. Hunley, Debunking the Blue Lantern Myth".  This was originally published by Civil War Navy Magazine in 2012. Dr. Rucker's research and evidence will be aided by multi-media. There has been new interest in the star-crossed Hunley and it's crew since its discovery in the silt in Charleston harbor in 1995 and it's raising in August 2000 by author Clive Cussler and diver Ralph Wilbanks.  Since 1866 when Jacob Cardozo's Reminiscences of Charleston was published,  one of the more mysterious facets of the story surrounding the Hunley's voyage and mission concerns the blue light signal.  Dr. Rucker will try to rectify any falsehoods from any primary sources or secondary accounts.   Christopher Rucker is a Virginia native who grew up in Richmond and spent vacations  traipsing through cemeteries in the South with his physician father to collect gravestone rubbings of Confederate generals.  Dr. Rucker, an otolaryngologist, received both his B.S. and MD from the University of Virginia and has practiced for 14 years in Spartanburg, SC.  Chris has been reenacting for 16 years, serving with Ferguson's Artillery and is an expert on 18th and 19th century artillery and pyrotechnics.  He is a consultant with the historical board at Cowpens Battlefield and is a member of the Spartanburg Civil War Round Table.                                                                                                        Come and have dinner with Dr. Rucker at Bogart's, Sylva, at 5:00 pm.  Then join us at the Justice Center, Room 220 at 6:30 pm for a social hour followed by Dr. Rucker's presentation at 7:00 pm.  We look forward to being set straight on the "myth" of the Hunley's "Blue Light".