Life in the Past Lane

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

Patriot’s Day: Paul Revere’s Ride

I'm diverting a little bit from my usual topic of the Civil War to take a look back at the a page from the history of the Revolutionary War. On the night of April 18th, and into the morning of Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to Concord, Massachusetts, in order to...

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Civil War love letter touches the heart

I have a real soft spot for old love letters, and this one is so beautiful, I thought I'd share it as pat of Confederate History Month. Harvey Black descended from the founding family of Blacksburg, Virginia, and served as a surgeon to the Army of Northern Virginia....

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Birthday of the American Civil War

“I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication, demanding the evacuation of this fort, and to say, in reply thereto, that it is a demand with which I regret that my sense of honor and my obligations to my Government prevent my compliance.” - Major...

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Clearing up a common Confederate myth

In an interview concerning Confederate Heritage Month, I saw a Georgia state representative quoted as saying that Southern heritage shouldn't be honored because the Confederates "fought to overthrow" the United States government.Again, I will turn to the Confederate...

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Remembering Mosby and his Rangers

Confederate History MonthAnyone who knows anything about Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby, knows that the main character in my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray, resembles him in character. So for today's post I thought I'd take a few excerpts from my favorite...

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Stonewall’s wife recounts final moments

Confederate History MonthPart II of Stonewall Jackson's life and deathMuch has been written about the military prowess and friendly-fire wounding of General Stonewall Jackson, but as a historical fiction author, I like to look at the more human side of the War Between...

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Wife remembers her Confederate hero

No remembrance of Confederate history could be complete without something about General "Stonewall" Jackson. Since his military prowess is already well documented, and since, as an historical fiction author I prefer to show the human side of the War Between the...

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Today in Confederate history: Shiloh

As part of Confederate History Month, I have been trying to find unique perspectives of historical events. As most history buffs know, the Battle of Shiloh took place in April so today I will focus on that and the mortal wounding of Confederate General Albert Sydney...

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A Confederate view of the Civil War

In honor of Confederate Heritage Month, I thought I'd print part of a publication called "A Confederate Catechism" by Lyon Gardiner Tyler. (Third edition, Nov. 21, 1929).A Confederate CatechismWhat was the cause of secession in 1861?It was the fact that the Union...

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A quote for Confederate History Month

"Any society which suppresses the heritage of its conquered minorities, prevents their history or denies them their symbols, has sown the seeds of their own destruction." - Sir William Wallace, 1281 AD

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