Rachel Lance discusses her use of Lammot du Pont's notes on black powder explosions and how they may relate to her broader research on the sinking of the H.L. Hunley.
Banner image: Union sailors pose on the deck of their ship, the USS Wabash. Despite sinking the USS Housatonic and killing five of its men, the H.L. Hunley lost all of its crew and sunk not long after, Hagley Digital Archives.
Rachel Lance is a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering at Duke University.