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Thomas McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 30 May 2005 16:14:59 -0400
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On Memorial Day 2005 the web site of the New York Correction History Society web site announced unveiling its latest presentation: Another NYC Isle's Prisons: Fort Jay, Castle Williams -- six web pages on Governors Island history including 55 images and a bibliography of 81 on-line resources used. 

Among topics explored in words and images (and in some instances, sound) are the forts, the former School of Practice for Field Musicians, its Drum Major's Music Book, "Dixie" and the famous 24 notes of "Taps," the various executions, the chapels, the chaplaincy of Fr. Whelan to Union and Confederate POWs, the imprisonment of Chiricahua Apaches, early 20th Century prison life, the Nazi spies' story and the tale of the West Point graduate who studied law while assigned to Governors Island and who in the late 1930s became NYC Correction Commissioner and in 1948 became the first Israeli general in modern history.

The direct URL is: http://www.correctionhistory.org/civilwar/governorsisland/index.html

The presentation also can be accessed from a link line on the home page immediately below the "Civil War & Correction" icon at
from the site's "Civil War & Correction" menu page at

By the way, the number of www.correctionhistory.org files (words.images, sounds) now exceeds 6,000 (taking up 300+ Mbs of server space), making the site the largest on-line resource devoted to any state or city's history of correctional services.

Thomas C. McCarthy, general secretary/webmaster, 
New York Correction History Society
www.correctionhistory.org     [log in to unmask]