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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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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Who’s Who and What’s What

August 3, 2013 In a really good and complex historical novel, I find myself making a list of characters so that I can recall them when they reappear after an absence of many of pages. Also, I often am torn between continuing to follow the action and breaking my concentration to look up what something or who someone is. In CONFLICTING LOYALTIES this is done for the reader with the inclusion of a “Who’ Who and What’s What” at the back of the book. There you will find short biographical sketches or descriptions – and sometimes...

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Outstanding Reference Work on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

7-14-13 Outstanding Reference Work on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade In writing CONFLICTING LOYALTIES I relied heavily upon the authoritative work, THE SLAVE TRADE: THE STORY of the ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE 1440-1870, by Lord Hugh Thomas of Cambridge University.  Thomas explains in great detail the American dominance of the trade on the eve of the Civil War, the full participation in the trade by African kings and chiefs, and the long battle by the British to force an end to the trade upon both the Atlantic community and Africa. He pulls no...

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