Siah Carter was born a slave on a Virginia Plantation on the banks of the James River. In 1862, he stole a small boat and rowed his way to freedom. Siah made it all the way to the US Naval ironclad the Monitor and was inducted into the US Navy. He was one of the first runaway slaves to join the US Military during the Civil War.
"Thomas Wiatt… our premier illuminator of lost American history: - Douglas Dilts, Amazon Review
"Tom (Wiatt is) not only a groovy guy – more importantly a fine historian" - John Quarstein, Historian and Author
Thomas T. Wiatt was born in Savannah, Georgia, grew up and lives in Newport News, Virginia but his family has deep Gloucester County, Virginia roots. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Tom is a retired Engineer from Newport News Shipbuilding and Gibbs & Cox, Marine Solutions. He is also a volunteer at the Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News. Other than history and writing, his passions include music and world travel. He is never too far away from the sea.
Books by Thomas T. Wiatt
Rev. William E. Wiatt: The life and times of a Confederate Chaplain and related family stories.
Captain Sally: A Biography of Capt. Sally Tompkins, America’s First Female Army Officer.
Alleged Pirate: The Legend of Captain John Sinclair of Smithfield and Gloucester, Virginia.
Lawyer Walker: A Biography of Thomas Calhoun Walker.
The Stonewall: The true story of a ship without a port.
Gringos: A History of U.S. Citizens in Latin America.
The Unsinkable Mary Patten: Americas First Female Ship’s Captain.
Siah Carter: The Life and Times of Josiah Hulett Carter USN