This celebrity goo was created by player Samir Mehta.

publication date: Monday, January 22, 2018 (part of Winter 2018)

category: Mysteries

clue: He made infernal machines to take down northern ships. Did he indirectly cause the most naval deaths in US history? The truth of that died with his possible co-conspirator.

explanation: Courtenay developed a Confederate weapon technology called the "coal torpedo" (known as an "infernal machine" by Northerners). The coal torpedo may have been responsible for the sinking of the Sultana, but the truth of that is unknown. more…

difficulty: very hard

solved by: no one!


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