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Prisoners
of the Civil War

The Story of Two Americans

-- By Douglas Westfall --

50 Letters, 3 Prisons, & the 1st Powered Submarine
of the Civil War

-- A First Person Account of America's History --
 


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Imprisoned and coerced to become
a Confederate, a decorated Union Naval Officer stops the Union fleet with a steam-powered submarine, only to again become a Prisoner of the Civil War.

Prisoners
of the Civil War
The Story of Two Americans
By Douglas Westfall

7 x 8 Hardcover
165 Pages - 160 Illustrations
-- 50 Transcripts from the 1860s --
Based upon two first person accounts
50 Unpublished Photos from 1860s
ISBN: 978-1891030-21-5
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Over 50 Transcripts from the 1860s
Written from 3 different prisons, and the Story of the
-- 1st Powered Submarine --

In this book you will find the text from 50 transcripts taken from the Civil War letters of two men. Their time in prison is from which they mostly wrote and they did so from opposite sides and from opposite prisons. You'll also see the original drawings for the 1st Powered Submarine of the Civil War, full-size stereo views of the time, and copies of the original letters.





The CSS David Steam Powered Submarine. Glassell Memoir, Page 53

This is Douglas Westfall, and I write and publish books on America's History. I write to constantly keep you in touch with the characters in my book -- only they're not characters -- they are a real people of our history. These are Books that Change America's History.



The Story of Two Americans
-- & A Steam Powered Submarine --

 
Resignation from Lt. William Glassell,
Dec. 4, 1861.


Letter from
Sgt. William Clayton,
August 22, 1862.

Back in 1997, I had helped donate to the Redlands Library, postcards and letters written by an officer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. I then discovered the letters and a journal of William Clayton, a Union enlistee who fought at the battle of Vicksburg in 1963 alongside my great-grandfather. There just wasn't enough in his story to produce the kind of book I wanted on the American Civil War. It would have been too one sided and not realistic of our history. I wanted more.

In the summer of 2001 I was in The Orange Library and History Center. I live in Orange, CA., and chair the board of the Library. I knew that the founder of our town, William Glassell, had been in the Civil War, but was not aware of his service: He was the first person to Captain a submarine in an act of war -- ever. His ship, a steam powered submarine 54 feet long, was known as the CSS David. In finding his letters and memoirs, I soon realized his contribution to America's history, as a Confederate officer.

These two caches of letters written essentially from prisons, gave the title to this book, which was released at the end of 2001.


 Tens of thousands of photographs were taken during the Civil War, many by professionals.  Photographs for this book were collected from dozens of collections, both private and public. Maps came from Victorian era text books, charts and line drawings from period magazines & newspapers, including Leslie's, Harper's and more. All the stereo views came from a collection I had received over 30 years before the book was ever published.

USS Paunee, taken in Charlston Harbor. Matthew Brady wet Collodion plate. Page 47


 


 


 

Maps came from war books, hand drawn maps of Civil War Battles, archives, and chart records. Some came from a book given to me by my grandmother, a school teacher in the late 1800s. The Chautauqua Course of American History, was something her mother had taught -- and she came from Chautauqua, NY. The Chautauqua Summer Schools, traveled all over America, to teach the children in the farmlands.

 Map of Washington DC & Richmond area.
Page 98
 

Line art as well came from varied sources, many of the ships came from the set of The Naval History of the United States, printed in 1898. Some came from other Civil War fortresses such as Ft. Warren on St. Georges Island in Boston Harbor, Ft. Delaware on the Delaware River, and Fort Point, in San Francisco.

The book was published by the end of the year and released both as a printed book and as an Ebook. One fellow in Russia, later thanked me for the Ebook version as at the time, he would never have been able to get it.

Barbette Guns of Ft. Lafayette.
Page 74
 


 



The Story of Two Americans
-- & The 1st Powered Submarine of the Civil War--

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Imprisoned and coerced to become
a Confederate, a decorated Union Naval Officer stops the Union fleet with a steam-powered submarine, only to again become a Prisoner of the Civil War.

Prisoners
of the Civil War
The Story of Two Americans
By Douglas Westfall

7 x 8 Hardcover
165 Pages - 160 Illustrations
-- 50 Transcripts from the 1860s --
Based upon two first person accounts
50 Unpublished Photos from 1860s
ISBN: 978-1891030-21-5
-- The Complete Ebook is Available --

EBook

$10.00

Both Printed & EBook

$30.00

-- Instant Book Buy * --

-- Printed Book Not Yet Available --

 


 


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