The Hunley was finally discovered on May 4, 1995 by NUMA archeologists (Ralph Wilbanks, Wes Hall, and Harry Pecorelli), after fifteen years of searching.

On August 8, 2000, the Hunley was finally raised from the ocean floor.

Excavation of the Hunley continues; as of April 5, 2001, 6 crewmembers' remains had been discovered.