FOR ARMS Coming Soon!

Sweet, Bonney, Daniel, and Talliaferro continue their adventures in: FOR ARMS A Navy Gray Novel of the Civil War at Sea Book 2 Available Soon As hostilities escalate in America, the officers of the former slave ship “Ebony Angel” are in a race against time to obtain a cargo of war materiel in Great Britain and enter a Southern port before the increasingly effective Blockade prevents their arrival. Marine Lieutenant Bonney and Midshipmen Sweet and Talliaferro must pursue their goal without violating British neutrality or laws....

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H.M.S. Falcon 1854

Recently, I came across a photo of HMS FALCON, the sloop-of-war that figures significantly in CONFLICTING LOYALTIES. Built in 1854, she was barque-rigged as shown in the picture. Her time on the West African Station commenced with her commissioning at Portsmouth on May 4, 1859 and concluded with her being paid off at Portsmouth October 6, 1862. In 1861, she actually did capture an American slaver, the FLIGHT with 550 slaves aboard, and in fact was off Monrovia and Cape Palmas in July of 1861. In January 1861 Lieutenant Algernon Heneage assumed...

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Kline speaks to Toronto Civil War Roundtable

October 11, 2013: Just returned from giving a talk to an overflow audience at the monthly meeting of the Toronto Civil War Roundtable on the events leading up to the Civil War and the challenges of trying to present them in the context of the beliefs, global conditions, and constraints of the period, rather than interpreting them through 21st century perspectives. Some humor resulted from describing the challenges of presenting these issues to audiences through the medium of an historically accurate novel that aspires to appeal to history...

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U.S.S. Jamestown featured in CONFLICTING LOYALTIES was an actual ship of the US Navy.

U.S.S. Jamestown featured in CONFLICTING LOYALTIES was an actual ship of the US Navy. A 1st Class ship-rigged sloop-of-war, she was built at Gosport Navy Yard during 1843-44. Her first commission began as Commodore Skinner’s flagship on the anti-slaving patrol off West Africa, the same station upon which she is serving at the beginning of CONFLICTING LOYALTIES. In summer 1847 she made the passage from Boston to Cork in 15 days – an amazing speed – carrying food to combat the Irish potato famine. She had several more tours off Africa...

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Kline Speaks at Order #11 Commemoration

  On August 25th Hibberd Kline participated in a commemoration of Union General Thomas Ewing’s infamous 1863 Order #11 banishing the entire population from four Missouri counties in an effort to rid the Kansas – Missouri border of Southern Guerrillas. By Ewing’s own estimate, 80% of the households in west-central Missouri supported the guerrillas. The event was sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and was held at Heritage Plaza in Independence, Missouri. The event began with a reenactment of the eviction of both...

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