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Residents learn about sinking of Confederate submarine

By: WJAC Web Staff

BOALSBURG, Pa. -- The United State was a turbulent, uncertain and nationalistic place 150 years ago.

The 150th anniversary of the sinking of the confederate submarine, H.L. Hunley was Feb. 17.

The Hunley was the first combat sub to sink an enemy warship and that played a large part in the history of naval warfare.

Members from the Central PA civil war round table met Tuesday evening to learn more about the sinking of the submarine.

A physician and health care executive, Capt. Jim Bloom, for the U.S Navy who served 31 years was the speaker at the event.

Bloom had been underway on 14 Navy ships and served tours as Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps, 6th Fleet Surgeon and commanding Officer of our Navy hospital in Sicily.

6 News spoke with Bloom and asked what the importance of keeping the history alive was.

Issues that came out of that war, said Bloom.

Events are hosted by The Civil War Roundtable throughout the year and expert speakers are always brought in.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times