Civil War Novel about a young stranger from Boston 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.
Jonathan's adventures include the bombardment of Fort Sumter, the last great Charleston horse race, the Great Charleston Fire of 1861, the Battle of Secessionville, visits to the North Carolina mountain homes of wealthy Low Country planters, a run through the Federal Blockade, a visit to the raucous boomtowns of Nassau and Wilmington, battles of ironclads and monitors, the Battle of Battery Wagner (made famous in the movie, "Glory,") and an encounter with a Voo-Doo conjure man. His story documents the hopes and struggles of a young man making a new life in a strange land in a time of war and change.
George WB Scott is an East Tennessee video producer and videographer with a life-long interest in the causes and events of the Civil War. His years of research on this topic are the basis of a story of Jonathan's personal journey through one of the most interesting and important regions of the South. Scott was born in Stuart, Florida, and is a cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University. He lives with his wife Mary Leidig in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A deftly crafted, inherently engaging, and entertainingly riveting novel. Scott's impressive flair for originality combined with an informative attention to historical detail, I Jonathan, A Charleston Tale of the Rebellion is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition. -- Midwest Book Review
Scott’s novel offers a spellbinding glimpse into Civil War Charleston. -- Caroline E. Janney, University of Virginia John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War and author of Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation
"A magnificent civil war saga...I was particularly intrigued by the blockade running enterprise of some of the traders. His relationship with a young woman is particularly moving." -- Rosepoint Publishing Book Reviews
George Scott’s book is timely, sensitive, and well-presented. Charleston itself is the unsung “main character” of this story. -- Meg Groeling, writer for the blog Emerging Civil War and author of Aftermath of Battle and the upcoming First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North's First Civil War Hero
The beauty of I Jonathan is in the evolution of the way its main character sees the fatal mistake that the South has made. If you are interested in historical fiction of this period, do take a look at the haunting I Jonathan. -- BookChase Book Blog
I can thoroughly recommend I Jonathan which will entertain and educate. The book is easy to read and easy to follow...more a social history than a military history. There is also some romance which Scott describes very well. I have awarded five stars. -- Whispering Stories Book Reviews
Recent events remind us that America – especially the South – is still haunted by the oft-unspoken tale of the Civil War...simple narratives of good-versus-evil fall short. Scott displays a detailed and accurate knowledge. I recommend this novel for those who seek to understand the American South. It ties together history, religion, love relationships, race, and the human condition. -- Scott J. Pearson, Amazon Vine Voice
I Jonathan is a well-researched, interesting story. Scott's writing style is reminiscent of some of the classic writers (like Dickens). I found I didn't want to put it down I was so wrapped up in it. -- Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review
Although it's fictional – (I think) –I Jonathan offers a convincing narrative with authentic period detail. Civil War Charleston, was a complex place. Young secessionists knew nothing of war but would learn about its horrors all too soon. -- Jack Neely, Executive Director of Knoxville History Project, journalist and author of The Old City and other books on East Tennessee history and heritage
An epic novel of historical fiction. The theme of this book captivated me – a treasure chest of historical detail. Fans of the Civil War will find Jonathan's story intriguing and entertaining, and you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy it. -- David Hunter, Knoxville writer and author of Tempest at the Helm and other novels
The high moment for me in I Jonathan was the trip on the blockade runner. That segment was crafted with passion and intensity and attention to detail. I enjoyed those pages immensely. Great description of action and unique characters. -- Steve Dean, Knoxville Civil War Round Table and creator of WBIR's Emmy award-winning The Heartland Series
An engaging narrative that draws you into the story with geographical and historical accuracy and maintains its grip to the final word. -- Stephen Scruggs, U.S.M.A. and U.S. Army Veteran, Civil War Reenactor - 1st U.S.C.H.A.
This story fascinated me. I kept a page open from Wikipedia to learn more. What I enjoyed about the book were the little snippets of wry humor, and his observations of the events with the benefit of hindsight – how wrong people can be about what they KNOW to be true. -- Janall, book reviewer for GoodReads