Half a century ago, in the summer of 1964, I underwent training at the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. An individual who remains firmly in memory from that time is John Stickney, who was assistant commander of Delta Company. In an atmosphere in which hectic demands on time, energy, and sanity were the norm, John had a calming influence and the added benefit of a droll sense of humor.
John and I have stayed enjoyably in touch over the years, so I paid particular attention when he wrote a book as part of the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War. The volume, titled Promotion or the Bottom of the River: The Blue and Gray Naval Careers of Alexander F. Warley, South Carolinian, was published in 2012 by the University of South Carolina Press.