I wanted to tell all of my friends in Savannah 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't be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Table of Contents
Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar 1
The Wanderer 25
The Congo 37
Jekyll Island 51
Justice of the South 61
A New Home in Chains 67
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 75
End of the Antebellum 96
Civil War 145
The Rawlins 153
A New Lease on Life 189
Escape from the Deep South 204
The Princess Anne 224
The Last Fire-Eater 247