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.
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.
“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.
"I know lots of people who call themselves writers who aren't as good...Civil War Charleston, was a complex place of fiery secessionists and perplexed immigrants, African Americans both enslaved and free, sailors, soldiers, musicians and drunks, old veterans and 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 numerous books on East Tennessee history and heritage
"An impressive work of art! Writing skills are superior, as is his knowledge of the time period...Replete with fine details...First class!" -- Rick Crary, writer for Indian River Magazine, author of A Treasure We Call Home
"The literary world has just about exhausted the moving of red and blue lines across the landscape. Languishing Lost Cause belles and beaus are likewise about “played out.” It is time to look at the war through some different eyes...Charleston itself is the unsung “main character” of this story...It is my pleasure to review and recommend your 'I Jonathan, A Charleston Tale of the Rebellion.'" -- 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 writer is quite gifted...The descriptions are excellent...The characters are alive..." -- Patricia Benton, Charleston, SC, Native and Knoxville writer
"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 award-winning The Heartland Series
"A real pro, obviously. Compelling work..." -- Dan Pope, writer for Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, author of Housebreaking and In the Cherry Tree
“Scott’s novel offers a spellbinding glimpse into Civil War Charleston, reminding us that the war touched those far removed from the battlefield even as the more routine aspects of life continued...I did enjoy it!!” -- Caroline E. Janney, author of Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation and John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia
"Seen through eyes rich and poor, black and white, the epic path of the Civil War is brought to life. A great read and marvelous contribution to understanding one of the formative periods of America." -- Dr. Milton Russell, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee
"The imagery, imagination, and detail are astounding... What a gift!" -- Nancy Millar, former Director of the McAllen, Texas, Convention and Visitors' Bureau, author of Birding the Border: Tales of the Rio Grande Valley