Life in the Past Lane

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

The miracle of Spring

A lone daffodil blooms among the rocks.I have always thought that autumn was my favorite season, but this year, I've changed my mind. After a winter that seemed like it would never end, I am seeing Spring as I have never seen it before.After being cooped up all...

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Landmark Civil War museum holding auction

The Lincoln-Douglas Debate display.If anyone is going to be near Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday, you might want to stop by the American Civil War Wax Museum on Steinwehr Avenue, where they will be auctioning off old wax figures along with other items that made up their...

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A reluctant romance after the Civil War

Happy Valentine's Day! This is my fifth post on love stories and letters from the Civil War. SARAH MORGAN and FRANCIS DAWSON   Sarah Morgan The romance between Francis Warrington Dawson and Sarah Morgan was an affair of the heart that took place after the Civil...

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Another great Civil War love story

This is the fourth installment of my Civil War love letter series for Valentine's Day, and it's a great love story.La Salle PickettSometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. I found that out many times in doing research for my historical fiction novels. Here is...

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Civil War love letters from Stonewall Jackson

This is the third installment of my Civil War love letter series during Valentine's Day week.General Thomas J. “Stonewall” JacksonYoung Stonewall JacksonOver the years, the persona of Stonewall Jackson has attained almost mythical proportions. In life, they say he was...

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Poignant love letter from the Civil War

This is the second installment of my Civil War love letter series during Valentine's Day week. Featured today is Dr. Harvey Black and his especially eloquent letter to his wife.Dr. Harvey BlackIn April of 1861, the beginning of the Civil War, Dr. Black enlisted in...

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From the Heart: Civil War love letters

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so to get you in the mood, I'm going to feature a different Civil War love letter every day this week. The first one, written by Major Sullivan Ballou, was made famous by the famous Ken Burns Civil War documentary.For a...

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A snowball battle during the Civil War

Civil War snowball battle.With all of the snow we've been having this year, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at how the soldiers dealt with snow during the Civil War.I found that two back-to-back snowstorms in February of 1863 provided the...

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150th anniversary of Loudoun Heights

St. Paul's ChurchIn the early hours of a frigid Sunday, January 10, 1864, a column of Mosby's Rangers stealthily made their way over the snowy roads Between the Hills, stopping to collect themselves at St. Paul's Church. Then they headed off the Hillsborough-Harpers...

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