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Based on a True Story

Capture, Imprisonment, Escape, Ordeal, & Survival

Benjamin Loring led one of the most commonplace yet extraordinary lives during the American Civil War. Leaving a successful business in California to heed his country’s call to report for duty he reaches Washington DC and enlists in the United States Navy.

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Lt. Benjamin Loring (1824-1902)

 lived the life of an everyman Civil War sailor. He commanded no armies and devised no grand strategies. Loring was a sailor who just wanted to return home, where the biggest story of his life awaited him.