A little bit about me …


I am creating this blog primarily to help publicize my Civil War novel, Amanda’s Civil War, In the Great Smoky Mountains. My book takes place in Northeast Tennessee, and I researched that area quite a bit during the writing phase. I wanted my fictionalized story to include real historical settings and events. During all that research, I discovered many interesting people and events that are just begging for their stories to be told. Therefore, the logical next step is to write a blog, which might also help promote my book.

The northeastern tip of the state of Tennessee was the site of many important events and battles during the American Civil War. That area was the site of anti-secessionist meetings, bridge burnings followed by hangings, and an overabundance of Civil War battles for such a small space.

So I am happy to welcome you to Amanda’s Civil War blog. Even if you don’t buy my book, I hope you will stop here and read awhile.

If you have something to say, leave me a comment, and I will endeavor to give you a quick response.


For twelve years, 2006 through 2018, I wrote a blog named Civil War Women. But that wasn’t enough for me! In 2007, I started another blog, History of American Women, and began writing about the women who came to Plymouth Rock as Pilgrims.

I was not a healthy or happy person during those years, but I felt compelled to continue writing the blogs – it’s women’s history, for God’s sake! And no one else was writing a blog like mine. But the workload finally burned me out. In 2018, my unhealthy brain convinced me that the only solution was to delete both blogs. Of course, I wish I had not done that, but the cost of hosting the blogs was becoming a financial burden.


The name on my driver’s license is Margie Lee MacLean, but my pen name – which you will see on the cover of my book – is Maggie MacLean.

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You can also reach me by email or snail mail:




4309 Hitzing Ave

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

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