Charles W. Pickering (United States Navy officer)

Charles W. Pickering
Born (1815-12-23)December 23, 1815
Died February 29, 1888(1888-02-29) (aged 72)
Allegiance Union
Service/branch Union Navy
Years of service 1822 - 1867
Rank Captain
Commands held

Captain Charles W. Pickering (December 23, 1815 - February 2, 1888) was an American officer of the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Becoming a Lieutenant on December 8, 1838,[1] and a captain on July 16, 1862,[2] his commands included the USS Vanderbilt, Kearsarge and Housatonic. He was captain of the Housatonic during its sinking on 17 February 1864 at the hands of Confederate States Navy submarine, H.L. Hunley.[2][3]


  1. ^ United States. Bureau of Naval Personnel. United States. Navy Depy. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b "Charles W. Pickering". Civil War Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Officers of Navy Yards, Shore Stations, and Vessels, 1 January 1865". Naval History and Heritage Command - Washington Navy Yard. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
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