When: March 13th
Where: Otterbein University, Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Mark Jenkins
Topic: Union Naval Officer Henry Walke.
Virginia-born Ohioan Henry Walke exerted a double influence on the American Civil War: first as a senior naval officer on the western rivers and in the Atlantic, and second as a recorder and illustrator of those events. His sketches and paintings of naval operations on the rivers in the Civil War (and in the earlier Mexican War) form a primary part of our view of those events, and his first-hand account of the river war is a major source of information for its history.
Mark F. Jenkins, a COCWRT member, has been interested in Civil War naval operations since childhood. He constructed a website on ironclads and blockade runners that has been up on the Internet continuously since late 1996, provided information to several other authors and researchers, spoke to several Civil War Round Tables, published a two-part article on ironclads in the “Naval Gazette” in Nov-Dec 1998 and Jan-Feb 1999, and provided a biographical foreword on Lt. John Wilkinson for a recent reprint of Wilkinson’s Narrative of a Blockade Runner. He is currently writing the first full-length biography of Henry Walke. Mark lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife Jennifer and three children.