Life in the Past Lane

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

Mosby’s Fairfax Raid in his own words

The Gunnell House. General Stoughton was captured byMosby in the second story bedroom to the left.As most of you know, I attended the 150th anniversary of the March 9, 1863, raid by John Mosby and his rangers, in which a Union general was captured in the Union-held...

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Book signing at 150th Fairfax Raid commemoration

March 8, 1863. John S. Mosby150 years ago, Brigadier General Edwin H. Stoughton of the 2nd Vermont Brigade, was captured from his bed in Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, by Confederate Ranger Major John S. Mosby.Mosby also captured 20 men and 55 horses--without a shot...

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Mosby’s Famous Fairfax Raid

The Fairfax Raid by Mort KunstlerAs I told everyone on my Facebook Fan Page, I will be doing a book signing in Fairfax on March 9, as part of the city's reenactment and commemoration of Confederate John S. Mosby’s renowned raid during the Civil War.On the night of...

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Hearts at War: Book signing at museum

I have been remiss in not writing about my last book signing at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art - but in my defense, I was putting finishing touches on my next novel, Above and Beyond.The museum is located in Hagerstown, Md., and the grounds...

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150th Anniversary of Mosby’s 1st Rendezvous

Mt. Zion ChurchOn January 26, 1863, sixteen gray-clad riders gathered at the small brick church located at the intersection of the Old Carolina Road and Little River Turnpike near Aldie, Va.The group was a very special detail of the 1st Virginia Cavalry under former...

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Mosby’s first rendezvous

Thought I'd pass this event on to other Mosby enthusiasts. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it. The Mosby Heritage Area Association, partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, will be offering its first installment in the popular...

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His saddle and sabre hang on the wall

Happy New Year everyone!I posted this on Facebook, but it's so good, I decided to post it here too for anyone not on Facebook. It's a touching poem by Francis Alexander Durivage that I ran across while reading James Williamson's book "Mosby's Rangers."That Is All...

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New Year: Make a wish on a shooting star

This is off topic, but since everyone else always tells me how they see shooting stars and I always miss them, I thought I'd share this opportunity for you to go star gazing during this upcoming light show that peaks on Jan. 3.The Quadrantids meteor...

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A visit to Mount Vernon, a national treasure

Mount VernonThey call it a "privately-owned treasure" and no truer words were ever spoken. A trip to Mount Vernon is like taking a step back in time AND a step into the classroom. Whether you're interested in history, agriculture, old homes, Colonial living, gardens...

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