Well, OK, then, Gerald, here's what I know of it.
Captain William Conway Whittle was born in Norfolk, Va. in 1805 and was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy May 10th, 1820. He served in various positions and in every grade in the "old navy" from midshipman to commander inclusive, and on a large number of vessels, among which were the Ontario,Fairfield, Columbia, Brandywine and Ohio. He was in Florida during the Seminole disturbances, and in the Mexican War he was wounded at the Battle of Tuspan, and afterwards commanded the dispatch steamer Col. Harvey. In 1853 he commanded the sloop Decatur on the banks of Newfoundland, and in 1854 and 1855 the U.S. sloop Dale on the coast of Africa. He resigned from the U.S. navy in 4/20/1861 upon the secession of Virginia, and was in the Virginia navy. On June 11th, 1861, he was transffered to the C.S. navy. He commanded the naval defences on York River, Va., and the Confederate flotilla on the upper Mississipi, and the naval station at New Orleans. He honorably served the Confederacy in various places and during the whole war. On October 23rd, 1862, he was promoted to Captain, to rank from February 8th, 1862 as well as the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army after the Battle of Mobile.His first wife, Elizabeth Sinclair Whittle died of Yellow Fever during an infestation brought into Norfolk during the summer of 1855 by the merchantman Franklin, as did his eldest son, Arthur, while Whittle was asea as master of the U.S.S. Dale. He died in Virginia in 1878. William Conway Whittle died on Bent Mountain, Virginia. The family plot he was interred in was Magnolia Cemetery, Mount Pleasent, Charleston, South Carolina. It's as if a plague of stone-eating locusts decended on Magnolia Cemetery in 2005, whole plots of headstones disappeared from the place. Elizabeth Reed is no longer there. 11/11/09
1860 Norfolk, VA Census lists the family of Captain USN William C. Whittle:
Ann E (2nd wife) 1821 (39)
William C., officer USN 1840 (20)
Sallie Kennon 1842 (18)
Jane E. 1844 (16)
Beverley Kennon 1846 (14) (Male)
Elizabeth 1848 (12)
Ann Hammand 1849 (11)
Stafford G. 1850 (10)
Conway M. 1852 (8)
Gilberta 1854 (6)
Questioning of Captain Whittle by the Confederate Senate regarding events preceding the fall of New Orleans, Series II, Volume I, Pages 445-446
William Conway Whittle, Jr., First Officer of the C.S.S. Shenandoah 1840-1920 He is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk, as are the Sinclair. There is one other burial plot in Virginia near the Tenant House that contains Whittles, as well as several in D.C.
Frome Rhea County, Tennessee Confederate Military records:
NAME: Whittle, Archimedes PENSION #: S15825 UNIT: 26th Inf.
The World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 indicates that William Conway Whittle Jr. served in the military, and lived in Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia. This military record may include the soldier's home address, occupation, dates served, the rank at induction and discharge, and state served. Some pension and draft registration records have other information about soldiers (like birth date and place) and their family members or surviving widows. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 and other military records can trace the Whittle Jr.'s family service in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War 1, and other national conflicts.