Life in the Past Lane

Official blog of award-winning romantic historical and military fiction author Jessica James

Civil War connection to Taps

“Its echoes linger in the heart long after its tones have ceased to vibrate in the air.” - Oliver Willcox NortonWhat is just 24 notes long; takes 45 seconds to play; and sends shivers down your spine?The answer, of course, is Taps.The sound of Taps has been one of the...

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Honoring America’s truest heroes

For the first time in a few years, I was unable to help place flags on the graves of veterans at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg for Memorial Day. Unfortunately I had to work, and I really feel like I've missed out on something special. The cemetery has veterans from...

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Dear Readers

Would you like to have the chance to win a free signed copy of my Civil War novel Noble Cause in my quarterly contest? Here’s how you can do it:1) Post a comment about one of my novels on any Web site, blog, message board, or other electronic forum that includes...

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Setting the record straight on a tragedy

I'm going to deviate a little from my usual topic of Civil War history to post something I found very interesting and provocative. It's testimony from Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado.I...

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The death of J.E.B. Stuart

I've been busier than usual this month, but did not want May 12 to pass without noting the death of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart (I missed the anniversary of the death of Stonewall Jackson on May 10). As a historical fiction author, I like to show the human side of the great...

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Mother’s Day connection to the Civil War

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."- Abraham LincolnEver wondered when Mother's Day started and why? They say the honoring of mothers goes back to the ancient Greek era when the mother of many Greek mythology deities was honored. In recent...

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Ford’s Theatre and The Civil War

Had a great evening at Ford's Theatre on Wednesday, being entertained by the legendary Michael Lanning and Michael 'Tuba' McKinsey in the musical production of The Civil War.What a treat to sit in the front row on the balcony a few arms lengths from the booth where...

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Civil War and wine: A perfect combination

OK, at first glance you may not think the Civil War and wine have all that much in common - but, boy, are you wrong!I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a book signing of my historical fiction book, Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia at...

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Historical fiction book signing at winery

I was so impressed with the spectacular view at the site of my last book signing, I had to write about it.Bluemont Winery is located on a hill in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia, at an elevation of 951 feet. You would not believe how far you can see! I forgot to...

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Confederate flag flies over Tampa

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus GarveyThe historic day has arrived! A park memorializing Confederate veterans will officially open April 25 with the hoisting of the new “world’s largest...

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