Elias Welles Trueman: Were there Officers such as he?

Elias Welles Trueman: Were there Officers such as he?              Unfortunately, in the nineteenth century officers such as Lieutenant Trueman were not uncommon in the Navy. Trueman is modeled generally upon Captain Charles Wilkes, who came the closest of anyone to singlehandedly, though unintentionally winning Southern independence. Born in New York in 1798, Wilkes was a graduate of ColumbiaCollege (now ColumbiaUniversity), who joined the Navy in 1818. From 1838 to 1842 he commanded a six vessel squadron on the United States...

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Sons of the American Revolution Book Signing

July 14, 2013 Sons of the American Revolution Book Signing  The Alexander Majors House Museum was among the sites in Kansas City visited by the Sons of the American Revolution during their National Congress in our fair city. As part of their tour of the home, we held a book signing for CONFLICTING LOYALTIES and inscribed a good number of copies.

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Cpl. C. Cocker, USMC, USS Tahoma Marine Guard checks Conflicting Loyalties for news of his old shipmate, Cpl. Dyer, USMC, USS Jamestown Marine Guard.

May 8, 2013 Cpl. C. Cocker, USMC, USS Tahoma Marine Guard checks Conflicting Loyalties for news of his old shipmate, Cpl. Dyer, USMC, USS Jamestown Marine Guard. Thanks to Marine Vietnam Veteran Don Spenard Jr. (aka Cpl. Cocker) for this picture. Information on the Tahoma Marines is at http://www.wcwa.net/tahomamarines/About%20Us%20and%20Joining.htm. Semper...

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Leading authority on the Marine Corps in the Civil War endorses CONFLICTING LOYALTIES:

April 29, 2013 Leading authority on the Marine Corps in the Civil War endorses CONFLICTING LOYALTIES: “Conflicting Loyalties is a well-spun yarn, full of salt, spray, and red-blooded characters. Hib Kline’s tale of the Marines of the Civil War era, masterly weaving fictional and historical entities and events into the novel, measures up to C.S. Forester’s Hornblower series.” -David M. Sullivan, author of the four-volume THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS in the CIVIL...

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Conflicting Loyalties is Launched!

Conflicting Loyalties is Launched! On April 11th we held a book signing for Conflicting Loyalties in Mission Hills, Kansas attended by over 90 people. Sales were handled by Rainy Day Books, a nationally known independent book store located in Fairway, Kansas, which now has copies of “Conflicting Loyalties” available at the store. Among the guests were a great-granddaughter of Senator Waldo P. Johnson of Missouri, who was expelled from the U.S. Senate and then appointed to the Confederate Senate, and a great-grandson of Confederate general...

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How Conflicting Loyalties Came to Be

How Conflicting Loyalties Came to Be  In 1954 on the Holland – West African Line freighter Guinea Kust from Freetown to Amsterdam, my father read C. S. Forrester’s naval historical novel Commodore Hornblower to my brother and me. It was the beginning of my love for historical sea sagas and all things naval, and of the writing of Conflicting Loyalties. Our family of four had just completed a year in Sierra Leone where father was teaching under a Fulbright Grant at FourahBayCollege. It had been a wonderful year during which we had crossed...

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