Navies finally may be attracting long-overdue attention from the Civil War history community. In this issue, we present some cases in point in an expanded section made possible through a generous gift from the Otto Haas Charitable Trust and Barbara and Bob Hanrahan, frequent donors in support of Naval History's parent organization, the U.S. Naval Institute. Bob is an avid Civil War enthusiast from Philadelphia.
We knew something was afoot when we heard the topic of the 22nd annual Civil War Institute—from 27 June to 3 July at Pennsylvania's Gettysburg College—is "Uncle Sam's Web Feet: The Navies." One of the principal lecturers will be Harold Holzer, a long-time friend who happens to be speaking on Civil War naval art, the subject of his article that leads this issue. Harold is known best for his work on President Abraham Lincoln, but as vice president of communications and marketing for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he also knows whence he speaks about fine art, especially when it relates to the Civil War.
On Our Scope
By Fred L. Schultz, Editor-in-Chief