Keep the Story Going

Maurice Melton
Photo by Darrel Roaden

There comes a time in a book project when the author must say: Enough, and send the manuscript to the publisher. The writing could benefit from another polishing or two…or three. We always feel that there is more information out there, if we only had more time to look. With The Best Station of Them All, I feel certain there is more out there, perhaps much more. In fact, even before publication, I’ve received detailed information on the Squadron’s longest-serving officer, Joel S. Kennard.

If you have information on the Savannah Squadron, or on other people in the book, please contact me. A major purpose of this web site is to continue telling the story. So if you can, help us. Share what you know. Keep the story going.

Maurice Melton

About the Book

In Macon they want to know: Where do you go to church?
In Augusta they want to know: Who’s your family?
In Savannah they want to know: What are you drinkin’?

The Best Station of Them All: The Savannah Squadron, 1861-1865 by Maurice Melton

In The Best Station of Them All the Confederate Navy’s Savannah Squadron reaches into the life, economy, and society of Savannah, Ga. and tells a story of the city and its people. The book touches on blockade running, the sailor’s life and work, the relationship of the Navy to Savannah society (some upper class, some not), the ethnic makeup of Savannah and the Squadron, and life in the blockaded city. There is party and celebration, sickness and death, marriage and family and unrequited love, high living and economic collapse, hand-to-hand combat and a thunderous ironclad battle, and an international cast of characters—British journalist William Howard Russell, the famed yacht America, Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard—and names and places familiar to Georgia and Savannah—Tattnall, Habersham, Kollock, Bonaventure. The story reaches out to areas touched by the Savannah Squadron—Atlanta and Augusta, the hills of Habersham and the farming and coastal towns of south Georgia, Charleston, Wilmington, Richmond, Lee’s Army and Sayler’s Creek. On the surface a naval unit history, The Best Station of Them All is a story of Southern people and the war.