Thursday, April 06, 2006

Naval Officers of the Civil War

Naval Officers of the Civil War - This site has galleries of pictures of nearly 400 officers who served in the sea services of the Union and Confederacy during the American Civil War. In addition to sorting alphabetically by name, there are several galleries of men without names or with indeterminate ranks or allegiances.

Featured on the left is Alexander Morely Pennock, Captain, USN. Unfortunately, there is no biographical information on Captain Pennock or any other of the men pictured. The emphasis of the site is strictly on pictures which in and of itself is useful.

If you are looking for Civil War era pictures, this would be a good site to start at as all the pictures are in the public domain. The site creator noted, "All of the pictures in the galleries were adapted from pictures in the public domain, and I don't claim copyright on anything on the site. Feel free to use whatever you want." Of course, all Civil War era pictures are in the public domain but some sites try to claim copyright based on scanning and photo "enhancements." This site has no such bogus copyright confusion included.

From the site:

Welcome to the Naval Officers of the Civil War site. This site presents pictures of officers who served in the sea services of the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. For information about the contents of the various sections, the sources of the pictures, and tons of other marginally interesting stuff, please check the Never Asked Questions page.

1 comment:

Jennie W said...

I think I would like the person who maintains this site - here's a quote from his "never asked questions" - which was funny in itself.
Why do you call this conflict the "Civil War"?

Because (1) that's what I grew up calling it, (2) that's what most people (even here in Richmond, Virginia) call it, and (3) it takes much less typing than "The War for Southern Independence" or "The War of Northern Aggression" or whatever. If you prefer a different term, that's certainly your privilege. If you're one of those "professional Southerners" who likes to make a big deal about this, go away! Only people who have proper respect for those who served on both sides of this tragic war and can comprehend the fact that it's been over for nearly 150 years are welcome here.