William Taylor Adams (1822 – 1897), pseudonym Oliver Optic, was a famous academic, author, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Adams in whole wrote over 100 books and most of them for a boy audience. «Brave Old Salt; or, Life on the Quarter Deck. A Story of the Great Rebellion» by Oliver Optic is going to tell the reader about devastating war lasting for four years which gave to the history of it two generals, Grant and Sherman, and one admiral, Farragut. Author in this work has gratufully rendered their tribute of admiration and as a military commanders in the great struggles of the nineteenth century.