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Can someone who knows about this please check the bisexuality comments added by an anon user? Thanks, Mark Richards 22:04, 24 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I know he was not a bisexual. He was married twice. His great grandfather is Israel, the father of John Wilkes, Lord Mayor of London during the Revolutionary era. If they lived in the same era, they would not have seen eye to eye. John Wilkes is my 5th great grandfather and Charles Wilkes is in our family tree as well. He was an artist, a scientist and a mathematician at the Columbia College. He was strict to a fault. He was raised in a Catholic boarding home and his mother was canonized as a saint. She knew that he would become an admiral before the American Navy used this term. She died when he was 3 years old. His aunts were the Seton saints. His childhood story is in a children's biography about the "Seven Seas Exploration Expedition" also known as the Wilkes expedition. The book is written by Cheryl Wolfe. There are more books on him. He was given an honor for finding Antarctica in London but America did not give him the honor.
When people use an article (Charles Wilkes item # 180118721440) from Wikipedia to sell books on eBay shouldn't they credit Wikipedia for copying so much text verbatum including ""? I do not refer to a rewriting of information but using the exact same article pasted to sell a product.
Brother Officer 22:04, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Post-South Seas expedition court-martial
Many, many years ago the Smithsonian ran an exhibit about Wilkes & his South Seas expedition (maybe it's run one since; I don't know). I recall one post at the exhibit about Congress eliminating funding about two-thirds of the way thru the journey. Word reached Wilkes to return to the States; he refused. (No funding basically meant no supplies in appointed ports.)
When he returned, he was court-martialed, alright, but not so much for the crimes he was accused of but for defying an order of Congress.