Selected Works

The Matty Graves novels
Midshipman Matty Graves must choose between family and duty.

“Refreshingly cynical.”
—Jonathan Lunn

Acting-Lieutenant Matty Graves gets caught up in the Haitian Revolution in 1800. Mayhem ensues!

"[N]ever dull . . ."
—Madison Smartt Bell

Matty seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself—even if it means destroying those closest to him.

"[U]nusual, if somewhat jaundiced . . ."
Library Journal

Errors after the fact
Seamen's terms in landsmen's language
Haitian Timeline
Nautical info bits
How far it is from here to there, by sea, in English statute miles.
Public domain stuff—I didn't write this.
Yep, still maps

A Very Short History
of the
Haitian Revolution


February The National Convention bans slavery in all French coloinies.

May Toussaint L'Ouverture leaves the Spanish forces and rejoins the French.


October The Treaty of Bâle ends Spain's involvement in the conflict and gives eastern Hispaniola to France.


March French commander Laveaux appoints Toussaint lieutenant-governor of Saint-Domingue.


May Commissioner Léger-Félicité Sonthonax appoints Toussaint commander-in-chief of French colonial forces in Saint-Domingue.


March Henri Christophe appointed commander at Le Cap. Dr. Edward Stevens appointed U.S. consul general.

June The War of Knives begins.

August Christophe presides over courts martial all month; suspects shot without trial at Savane de la Fossette outside Le Cap.

September 3 Christophe ordered to reinforce General Jean-Jacques Dessalines at Jacmel.

December Toussaint betrays two of Roume’s spies in Jamaica as a token of good faith.


January Alexandre Pétion deserts Toussaint. Bauvais escapes from Jacmel but drowns en route to Curaçao. Pétion replaces him as commander at Jacmel.

March 11–12 Pétion sallies against Dessalines and Christophe at Jacmel. His forces are routed, preventing a link-up with Rigaud and effectively ending the War of Knives.

June Napoleon confirms Toussaint as commander-in-chief of St.-Domingue.

July 28 Rigaud flees to France.

August 1 Toussaint enters Les Cayes. Dessalines appointed governor of South Province.

October Severe storms cause extensive flooding; dams fail.

November Toussaint arrests Roume and sends him back to France.


January Toussaint invades Spanish Santo Domingo.

July New constitution declared; Toussaint governor-general for life.