Rear Admiral Bancroft Gherardi

The most prominent Italian-American naval officer of the 19th century, Bancroft Gherardi distinguished himself in both war and peace.

Dr. Frank Alduino earned his doctorate from Florida State University. His book, “The Sons of Garibaldi, Italian Americans in Blue and Gray,” co-authored by Dr. David Coles, was published by Cambria Press in 2007. Alduino was named Professor of the Year by the Student Association at Anne Arundel Community College in 2006 and was selected as the keynote speaker for the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Garibaldi's birthday celebrations at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island. Dr. Alduino was also a Scholar in Residence at the Casa Italia in Chicago in 2011 and is an adjunct at Towson University. Dr. David Coles is professor of history and former chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy at Longwood University in Farmville Virginia, where he teaches a variety of classes on American history, including the Civil War and Reconstruction. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and previously worked as a supervisor at the Florida State Archives in Tallahassee. Dr. Coles has authored or co-authored a number of articles and books, and is the co-author with Dr. Frank Alduino of "Sons of Garibaldi in Blue and Gray: Italians in the American Civil War. "

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