" Stoking the Embers of War " is a historical novel set in
Portland, District of Maine, Massachusetts, 1789-90. The Treaty of
Paris, which officially ended the American Revolutionary War, was
signed less than seven years earlier, in 1783, and though all that
remained of the war's inferno was little more than smoldering
embers in the memories of those who survived, passions ignited by
the conflict still ran thick and hot through the veins of the
wounded. The people of Falmouth Neck saw their homes burned to the
ground at the very outset of hostilities, and a contingent of
Falmouth militiamen participated in the Penobscot Expedition, which
resulted in one of the worst disaster in U.S. Naval history. In
1786, the people who lived on the Neck split off from Falmouth and
incorporated the town of Portland, but the District of Maine was
part of Massachusetts until 1820. On July 21, 1789, an unregistered
English sloop was captured while anchored at Cape Porpoise and
impounded at Portland the next day. There were four individuals on
the vessel when it was taken: Josiah Jackson of Newton,
Massachusetts; Thomas Bird of Abbots Leigh, England; Hans Hanson of
the Kingdom of Norway; and an African boy known only as Cuffey.
Jackson, Bird, and Hanson were examined before the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court, which was then seated at Portland. It was
determined that their ship was the Mary, an English slave trader,
and that its rightful master, Captain John Connor of London,
England, had been murdered and thrown overboard off the coast of
Africa six months earlier. Josiah Jackson, the American, was
immediately released; Hans Hanson, the Norwegian, was tried for
aiding and abetting in the crime, but was acquitted. Thomas Bird,
the Englishman, was tried for the piratical murder of Captain
Connor, and was convicted; the only person held accountable for the
crime. On June 25, 1790, he was escorted to the gallows on
Portland's Bramhall Hill by U.S. Marshal Henry Dearborn who would
later be appointed U.S. Secretary of War by President Thomas
Jefferson. The story is narrated by Jeremy Haggett, a Boston
newspaper reporter whose brother, Lewis Haggett, was a U.S.
Continental Marine killed in action at Bagaduce during the
Penobscot Expedition. The Haggett brothers are the only fictional
characters in the book.
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