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Book By Author:  George WB Scott

I Jonathan, A Charleston Tale of the Rebellion
 
 I Jonathan, A Charleston Tale of the Rebellion
 
 History
 
  9780976086758
 
 

 A stranger from Boston is marooned in Charleston just as the Civil War begins. His relationships with working men and women, slaves, merchants, planters, spies, inventors, soldiers, sweethearts and musicians tell the story of a dynamic culture undergoing its greatest challenge. 

 

"I wanted to tell a personal story built on the framework of history," says author George WB Scott, "and the real story is Charleston's challenges and experience in the war. The book is pro-South, but not pro-Confederate. It's anti-war and anti-slavery. I wanted to go beyond stock characters and themes. I hope this encourages readers to reflect on a people who lived through a fundamental change of their society."

 

Jonathan's adventures include witnessing the bombardment of Fort Sumter, the last great Charleston horse race, the Great Charleston Fire of 1861, the Battle of Secessionville and visits to the North Carolina mountain homes of wealthy Low Country planters. He even has an encounter with a Voo-Doo conjure man. He makes a run through the Federal Blockade and visits the raucous boomtowns of Nassau and Wilmington. The author describes battles of ironclads and monitors, and the Battle of Battery Wagner (made famous in the movie "Glory"). Jonathan’s story documents the hopes and struggles of a young man making a new life in a strange land in times of war and change.

 

The book has no graphic sex scenes and contains some middling graphic battlefield scenes.

 
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Author:  George WB Scott