My published works.

My published works as of April, 2015.  All these works are available at Amazon.Com.  The paperback works are also available at CreateSpace.com.  The author’s name to use as a search term is either “William R. Dameron” or “William Dameron”.  The confusion is due to the author’s clumsy use of the publishing software.

Beware, I believe there is another author named William Dameron who lives in the Eastern United States.

My titles:

Border State.  A novel of Missourians in the American Civil War.  (Historical Fiction)

After Lincoln’s election to the presidency in 1860, the Cotton states of the South, led by South Carolina, began to seize Federal facilities within their borders and declare their independence from the United States.  In the months leading up to Fort Sumter’s surrender, they captured federal forts, arsenals, and other facilities including revenue offices and revenue cutters (ships) at gunpoint, taking millions of dollars in property, military equipment, and money.  In Texas, they forced the surrender of several thousand U.S. soldiers and their outposts.

The rebelling states formed the Confederacy, the better to resist any possible retaliation by the Federal Government.  The Rebels built armies and prepared for war.

There were slave states that didn’t decide to secede right away.  The so-called Border States: Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland, had large populations of slaves but   were bordered by states to their north which did not allow slavery.  Each of these three states remained in the Union, but each had a struggle to decide which side to join.

Governor Claiborne Jackson of Missouri favored secession, and General Nathaniel Lyon of the United States Army was determined to keep Missouri in the Union.

Missouri may have been the only state in American history which for a time waged a significant war, on her own, against the United States, although she eventually gained some Confederate assistance.  In the minds of Missourians, the United States attacked them first, at Camp Jackson in St. Louis, and by occupying Missouri’s state capitol, Jefferson City.  This Missouri war cost thousands of casualties on both sides, and eventually culminated in the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.  After that, Missourians in large numbers continued to fight in the greater war, either on the Confederal or the Union side.

The Carpenters, a fictional Missouri family, were headed by two brothers who were farmers.  One brother owned slaves; the other did not.  The brothers and their sons fought on different sides.  Amos and his son Lew fought in the Missouri State Guard, while Orville’s sons Simon and Thomas, fought with the United States Army.

They are not unlike real Missouri families in the early part of the American Civil War.  Those left behind suffered in other ways.

Border State tells the story from the perspectives of both fictional and historical characters.

 

In Their Own Words: Five Leading Generals of the American Civil War.  History/Biography.  The American Civil War was the deadliest in American history, with estimates of 600,000 or more soldiers killed in action, and an unknown number wounded. Disease took many more lives within the military of both sides.

Four of the most prominent generals wrote their memoirs after the war: Grant, Sherman, Longstreet, and Sheridan related their experiences in outstanding fashion, including numerous personal stories and describing their campaigns in clear and highly intelligent prose. This history includes excerpts from their memoirs, which are in the public domain. This work also narrates the life of Robert E. Lee, with short inclusions from Douglas Southall Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize winning history, Lee.

The biographies of the five generals are developed in an intertwined fashion, drawing heavily on their writings and on related memoirs of some of their prominent aides, such as Horace Porter, Moxley Sorrel, and John B. Gordon. There are short excerpts from other sources such as Jeffery D. Wert, and Adam Badeau.

Four of these five men were key players in the Mexican-American War, and all were at the mainstream of the American Civil War. In the latter, they sometimes faced each other in battle, therefore some battles are portrayed from multiple viewpoints.

The memoirs of Longstreet, Sheridan, Sherman, and Grant are invaluable contributions to American history. Their insights present a clear and comprehensive picture of those troubled times which have greatly influenced today’s America.  Available — paperback or Kindle

A House in Berlin (a novel of World War II)   (Historical Fiction)  It wasn’t enough that Dieter’s leg was shattered in the Great War.  He hated the Nazis, but was called back into the army as World War II broke out.  He was recruited by a British agent before the war — as a sleeper spy.   He spent months in the Army Chief of Staff’s office, then was sent to the Eastern Front.  Note — nominated for 2014 Global eBooks Award.  (Didn’t win)  Available — paperback or Kindle

 The gods who came from the sea (a novel of the Conquest of Mexico).  Montezuma, Great Speaker of the Aztecs,began to hear stories from the eastern shore.  Huge floating houses of wood had come to the coast, bringing strange-looking beings who spoke in incomprehensible babble, but wanted gold or food from the local natives.  They carried sticks that made fire and could kill at a distance.  They wore invincible armor, fashioned of some unknown substance.  They were accompanied by, even rode, ferocious animals never seen before.  Until now, the strange beings had never remained.  But now, they had landed and were building a city on the shore.  It appeared they wanted to stay.  Available — paperback or Kindle

 2085 The End of the Republic.  (Future fiction)  What America might be like 70 years from now.  The American Republic comes to an end.  The new government is efficient and incorruptible, but there are problems . . .  Available — paperback or Kindle

The Wizard’s World series (3 novels) are in the science/fantasy genre.  They concern a powerful wizard’s interaction with dystopias — perfectly bad societies.  Currently, they are available in Kindle only.

Wizard’s World.  On this world, the President elects himself, or dies trying.

Wizard’s World 2.  The Stone Seller. On this world, the gods take a very peculiar interest in the people.

Wizard’s World 3.  The Red Paradise.  This world features a perfected communist society, complete with ruling class of high party officials.  Oops, the Wizard makes drastic changes.

The Intangible Queen: (The Dark Land)  (history/adventure/mystery/fantasy)  Bob is a lackadaisical psychiatrist whose small practice would fail without his wealthy wife’s subsidies.  But now, she and two other women begin to give him a great deal of grief.  And, what does Queen Isabella have to do with it?  Available, Kindle only.

 

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