General Stonewall Jackson's Wife



Living History Portrayed by Lori Roberts

Lori Roberts is an author, educator, historian and presenter for historical events and workshops. Lori as a living historian, often portrays Mrs. Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.  She has spoken at Civil War events in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. Lori has been an educator for more than twenty years, currently teaching United States History at the Middle School level.

Lori has been presenting Anna Jackson to the public since 2009.  Some of the groups that have spent "An Afternoon With Anna" include : The Living History Fellowship workshop, Princeton Civil War Days, Princeton, IN; Civil War  Living History, Owensboro, KY; Lawrence County Living History Festival, Bedford, IN.;  Living History Fellowship Grant Workshop, Huntingburg, IN; Journey Through Hallowed Ground Conference, George Mason University, Manassas, VA.

Mary Anna Morrison Jackson
July 21, 1831 - March 24, 1915

Mary Anna Morrison Jackson was  born in North Carolina on July 21, 1831.  The daughter of Presbyterian minister, Rev. Dr. Robert Hall Morrison, founder of Davidson College , and Mary Graham Morrison, daughter of Revolutionary War veteran and planter, became the wife of the South's most beloved general, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

Anna, as called  by all who knew her, would be brought up very differently than her famous husband.  Anna's parents had a large family , 10 children who survived to adulthood.  It was during Anna's early years that the presentation focuses - from her birth and early childhood, to her visit to the White House during one of her special trips arranged by her Mother.  The summer that would change her life, when she would be introduced to a professor at the Virgina Military Institute, will also be discussed during the presentation.


 Bring History to Life with "An Afternoon With Anna" 

"An Afternoon With Anna" is a program that brings the audience into the world of Anna Morrison and her family.  Living on a plantation near Charlotte, North Carolina, life was very carefree for young Anna Morrison.  Her parents were able to give their 10 children much affection and a good education.  Anna will bring the audience through her early life and into the years prior to the war, a time that would introduce her to her future husband and take her away from her close-knit family .  Life during the 1800's was not an easy one for women or children.  Anna will discuss the loss of her sister and her daughter, both within weeks of one another.

The audience will also learn of Anna and Thomas' love of God, and how their faith and beliefs will be their constant strength during the time of the Civil War and after. Anna will also speak of mourning customs , an all too familiar sight during the War.


Published Works Available by Author Lori Roberts


Carly Tabor thought she'd buried her gift with Freddy Richards, the orphan child whose remains were discovered in her King Street home two centuries after his murder. Her ability to communicate with the dead, especially deceased children, originally presented itself when the restless spirit of the child and three others haunted her home. Her new job as an investigative reporter for the local television station calls into question her idyllic lifestyle.

When Carly overhears a conversation between her boss and the mother of a missing child seeking help, her sensitive ability returns. She is haunted by the words she hears and when the spirit of the missing child appears to her several different times. Carly knows she needs to be more involved. This leads Carly on a search into unresolved missing person cases.



Cries in the Night 

Carly and Austin Tabor relocated from the Mile High City of Denver to the Low Country of Charleston, purchasing a diamond-in-the-rough home on historic King Street. As soon as the couple takes possession of their home, unexplained noises and a trio of spirits lead Carly to seek the help of sensitive, Delaney Warrick, to understand why the ghosts are unable to find rest. Searching through the historical records of the city, Delaney learns the ghosts are the original owners, Andrew and Celeste Pettigrew, who were murdered in Carly's front parlor two hundred years prior. Carly and Delaney must solve the mystery of why the couple's home is also being haunted by the surly dock worker, Benjamin Hastings. Carly and Delaney enlist the help of paranormal investigators to find out why the ghosts won't leave the scene of their murders, and find that a fourth spirit, orphan Freddy Richards, was hiding in the house when the murders took place. Is Freddie the final piece to the puzzle? Will Carly and Delaney unlock the secrets that will free the spirits to find peace?




Ellie Morgan, a history teacher from the Midwest, never expected her summer vacation away from the classroom to include inheriting a plantation full of antiques, and encountering the restless spirit of a Civil War soldier who is searching for a lost love.




Cordelia Barlow spent the first ten years of her life on a sprawling sunlit Southern plantation, blissfully unaware of both the evils of slavery and her family's sinister secrets. Only the unconditional love of her beloved servant, Mammy Cilia, could prepare her for the painful truth and the difficulties that lie ahead.