A short discussion of the selection of jacket cover art.
I started researching the origins of this famous song in connection with a book I thought about writing on the flight of Confederates from the South at the end of the Civil War; some to reestablish plantation agriculture in a more congenial place, some to escape prosecution or want, and some (often former army and navy officers) to find employment in familiar work. That book, Leaving Dixie was its working title, might yet get researched and written, but right now—May 2015—I’ve moved on to something else. This short essay was to have been Leaving Dixie’s preface.
Bonhams will be holding “The Marine Sale” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The painting “The American frigate Potomac attacking Malay pirates at their settlement of Kuala Batu, 1832,” is in the marine painting section of the sale. This painting will be in my book, Embassy to the Eastern Courts, due to be published in November 2015 by Naval Institute Press.
An exhibit of marine artist Lou Dodd is at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in England from March 7-June 7th. One of Lou Dodd’s painting, “The American frigate Potomac attacking Malay pirates at the settlement on Kuala Batu, Sumatra, 1832,” will be highlighted in my book Embassy to the Eastern Courts, which will be in bookstores this November.
March 19-August 23, 2015
An excellent, free exhibition of artifacts from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England that includes watchmaker John Harrison’s superb “H-4,” which in the 1760s made possible accurate time at sea and the (relatively) easy calculation of longitude.