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Fitss was born in Lockport, New York. His father, a teacher, gave James most of his education. James' interest in literature led to his first publication at the age of eighteen. He later commenced the practice of law and became a member of the Nagara County bar in 1860. In 1861, Fitts entered the Civil War as a private in the 10th New York Calvary. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1863. He mustered out with his regiment on June 1865, having been wounded on June 1864. He returned to Lockport and became a partner in the law firm of Holmes and Fitts. He continued his writing as a journalist and a writer of fiction.Review:
"...this volume is well written,... and hold's ones interest throughout...you will not find yourself going to sleep..." -- Kenneth J. Kinkor, Historian & Advisor to Discovery Channel expedition to Madagascar "Quest for Captain Kidd"
"An absorbing, fascinating page turner. Distinctly superior manuscript." -- Writer's Edge Review Board, February 2000
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