Admiral Laning begins his autobiography with the observation that "It is a far cry from the rolling prairie of Illinois to the rolling sea, and a still farther cry from moving flat-bottomed boats on the Sangamon River to commanding the Battle Force of the United States Fleet."
Wheeler, Gerald E.
"The War College Years of Admiral Harris Laning, U.S. Navy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 22
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol22/iss3/7