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About the author


Gregory Bonner is a Southern gentleman and Savannahian through and through. He spent part of his childhood on his father's boat there. He knows Savannah top to bottom. One of the descendants of CAL Lamar, the antagonist in The Antebellum of Savannah, is actually known by the author personally, which led to the thorough research and subsequent writing of this novel. This is Mr. Bonner's first novel and has been praised by the initial round of beta readers. Mr. Bonner can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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The Antebellum of Savannah
by Gregory Bonner

Overview


“Not guilty!” rang through the courtroom. Within days, the papers throughout the North and South were riddled with headlines about both injustice and justice served. It seemed this acquittal on charges of piracy for the import and sale of slaves was the final act that would trigger the impending Civil War, and Cal Lamar seethed with excitement over the thought of his South winning this fight as well. He had no idea that the fight he’d caused would kill more people than any other battle in history, and would unleash a carnage among brothers that would create a permanent scar in this nation’s history. The lives of Congolese slaves and the crew of the sailing ship Rawlins become intertwined on one of the final battlefields of the Civil War as they together avoid being blown to bits by Union cannons and hear the words, “The war is over! All the slaves are now free men!” The Antebellum of Savannah is a 84,598-word historical fiction set in Savannah, Georgia, around the time of America’s Civil War. It has been professionally edited. It is based on actual historical figures and includes names, dates, and occurrences from that time period. The illustrations in the book were taken electronically and scanned through sketch software, so they are of real locations in and around Savannah but appear as if they were drawn in the middle of the nineteenth century.
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Description


Dear Reader, I wanted to tell all of my friends that this story is true. It's about a man in the 1860's that literally used to own the town. He and his father owned all of River Street, the banks, the horse racing tracks, the railroads, most of the ships, thousands of acres, plantation homes and thousands of slaves. His father was the treasurer of the Confederate Bank and literally signed every dollar bill that was in anybody's pocket in the Confederacy. Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar took his money and went to the New York Yacht Club and bought the fastest boat built in the world from the admiral of the yacht club there. He then fitted it as a slaver and sailed it to the Congo where it was loaded with 500 slaves. It would end up being the last ship of slaves ever delivered to the Continental United States. He dropped them all off on Jekyll Island, then drove down the Savannah River as though nothing wrong had ever happened. He was tried in the Supreme Court, for piracy and was to hang in the streets of Savannah. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court judge, probably because he was married to the judges daughter, which nobody knew about. This acquittal of this crime outraged the North so bad, that the first shots of the Civil War were fired literally weeks after this trials decision, and the papers circulated the news of this event. The man started the Civil War! I know this is true, because after the war was fought for four years and over, after the Emancipation Proclamation and the surrender of Lee, the North found out that he was still alive, so they set up a specific militia to assassinate him.......he is the last known casualty of the Civil War!

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Overview


“Not guilty!” rang through the courtroom. Within days, the papers throughout the North and South were riddled with headlines about both injustice and justice served. It seemed this acquittal on charges of piracy for the import and sale of slaves was the final act that would trigger the impending Civil War, and Cal Lamar seethed with excitement over the thought of his South winning this fight as well. He had no idea that the fight he’d caused would kill more people than any other battle in history, and would unleash a carnage among brothers that would create a permanent scar in this nation’s history. The lives of Congolese slaves and the crew of the sailing ship Rawlins become intertwined on one of the final battlefields of the Civil War as they together avoid being blown to bits by Union cannons and hear the words, “The war is over! All the slaves are now free men!” The Antebellum of Savannah is a 84,598-word historical fiction set in Savannah, Georgia, around the time of America’s Civil War. It has been professionally edited. It is based on actual historical figures and includes names, dates, and occurrences from that time period. The illustrations in the book were taken electronically and scanned through sketch software, so they are of real locations in and around Savannah but appear as if they were drawn in the middle of the nineteenth century.

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Description


Dear Reader, I wanted to tell all of my friends that this story is true. It's about a man in the 1860's that literally used to own the town. He and his father owned all of River Street, the banks, the horse racing tracks, the railroads, most of the ships, thousands of acres, plantation homes and thousands of slaves. His father was the treasurer of the Confederate Bank and literally signed every dollar bill that was in anybody's pocket in the Confederacy. Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar took his money and went to the New York Yacht Club and bought the fastest boat built in the world from the admiral of the yacht club there. He then fitted it as a slaver and sailed it to the Congo where it was loaded with 500 slaves. It would end up being the last ship of slaves ever delivered to the Continental United States. He dropped them all off on Jekyll Island, then drove down the Savannah River as though nothing wrong had ever happened. He was tried in the Supreme Court, for piracy and was to hang in the streets of Savannah. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court judge, probably because he was married to the judges daughter, which nobody knew about. This acquittal of this crime outraged the North so bad, that the first shots of the Civil War were fired literally weeks after this trials decision, and the papers circulated the news of this event. The man started the Civil War! I know this is true, because after the war was fought for four years and over, after the Emancipation Proclamation and the surrender of Lee, the North found out that he was still alive, so they set up a specific militia to assassinate him.......he is the last known casualty of the Civil War!

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Book details

Genre:HISTORY

Subgenre:United States / 19th Century

Language:English

Pages:264

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781483589312

Paperback ISBN:9781483589305


Overview


“Not guilty!” rang through the courtroom. Within days, the papers throughout the North and South were riddled with headlines about both injustice and justice served. It seemed this acquittal on charges of piracy for the import and sale of slaves was the final act that would trigger the impending Civil War, and Cal Lamar seethed with excitement over the thought of his South winning this fight as well. He had no idea that the fight he’d caused would kill more people than any other battle in history, and would unleash a carnage among brothers that would create a permanent scar in this nation’s history. The lives of Congolese slaves and the crew of the sailing ship Rawlins become intertwined on one of the final battlefields of the Civil War as they together avoid being blown to bits by Union cannons and hear the words, “The war is over! All the slaves are now free men!” The Antebellum of Savannah is a 84,598-word historical fiction set in Savannah, Georgia, around the time of America’s Civil War. It has been professionally edited. It is based on actual historical figures and includes names, dates, and occurrences from that time period. The illustrations in the book were taken electronically and scanned through sketch software, so they are of real locations in and around Savannah but appear as if they were drawn in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Read more

Description


Dear Reader, I wanted to tell all of my friends that this story is true. It's about a man in the 1860's that literally used to own the town. He and his father owned all of River Street, the banks, the horse racing tracks, the railroads, most of the ships, thousands of acres, plantation homes and thousands of slaves. His father was the treasurer of the Confederate Bank and literally signed every dollar bill that was in anybody's pocket in the Confederacy. Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar took his money and went to the New York Yacht Club and bought the fastest boat built in the world from the admiral of the yacht club there. He then fitted it as a slaver and sailed it to the Congo where it was loaded with 500 slaves. It would end up being the last ship of slaves ever delivered to the Continental United States. He dropped them all off on Jekyll Island, then drove down the Savannah River as though nothing wrong had ever happened. He was tried in the Supreme Court, for piracy and was to hang in the streets of Savannah. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court judge, probably because he was married to the judges daughter, which nobody knew about. This acquittal of this crime outraged the North so bad, that the first shots of the Civil War were fired literally weeks after this trials decision, and the papers circulated the news of this event. The man started the Civil War! I know this is true, because after the war was fought for four years and over, after the Emancipation Proclamation and the surrender of Lee, the North found out that he was still alive, so they set up a specific militia to assassinate him.......he is the last known casualty of the Civil War!

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About the author


Gregory Bonner is a Southern gentleman and Savannahian through and through. He spent part of his childhood on his father's boat there. He knows Savannah top to bottom. One of the descendants of CAL Lamar, the antagonist in The Antebellum of Savannah, is actually known by the author personally, which led to the thorough research and subsequent writing of this novel. This is Mr. Bonner's first novel and has been praised by the initial round of beta readers. Mr. Bonner can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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