The Versatile Blogger

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    I was very honored over the weekend to learn that the talented and lovely Kathryn Gauci had nominated me as a Versatile Blogger. Kathryn’s historical novel, The Embroider, is next on… Continue reading

Pro-Union in a Confederate South

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 When I was a child in Georgia, voters were required to cast their ballots in the primary of the party in which they were registered. After accompanying my mother to the polls, I… Continue reading

Shame, Denial, and Abolition in England

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“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”                             … Continue reading

Thomas Jefferson, My Hero

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Ever since the Government, in its infinite wisdom, decided to cut down on Federal holidays and combine the birthdays of two of our most honored presidents–Lincoln and Washington–who just so happened to be… Continue reading

Sherman’s Leavings

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  Three weeks ago, I shared a Civil War story from my father’s side of the family. This week, I am sharing one from my mother’s side. This is a tale from the… Continue reading

Pony Express Ingenuity

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I just finished the second round of edits on my next release, Expressly Yours, Samantha, which will be released in March. I did a lot of research for this book, which centers around the… Continue reading

A Civil War Story

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We Americans are now in the final months of our Civil War’s sesquicentennial (1861-1865). Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in conflicts since our nation’s founding. Of that number, 622,000 died in the… Continue reading

The Sad Fate of Wellington’s Brother-in-Law

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Two weeks ago Linda Pennell entertained us with a description of the Battle of New Orleans, the battle and the song, on the 200th anniversary of the event. The comments it drew included… Continue reading

Regardless Of Your Genre, A Little History Can Help

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We spend a lot of time on this blog taking little nuggets of history and expanding on them. Lately, the topics have been about little-known battles that helped shape America as we know it… Continue reading

The General, the Pirate, and the Pop Chart!

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In 1959, balladeer Johnny Horton made it to number 27 on the pop charts with his hit “The Battle of New Orleans”.  The song, replete with catchy melody and march pace rhythm, commemorated the… Continue reading