Civil War soldier: ‘With honor to myself’

Civil War soldier: ‘With honor to myself’

“I have shouldered my musket and it is not to be laid down unless wrested from me by the hand that is stronger than all, until the nations of the earth, including the proud boasting North should confess that we are not rebels but a nation of freemen that know...
Bad weather during the Civil War

Bad weather during the Civil War

If you’ve ever wondered what the weather was like during the War Between the States, it’s pretty easy to sum up – it was bad. The war took place at the end of the “Little Ice Age,” a period of general cooling and unpredictability that scholars date...
Fans did the talking during the Civil War

Fans did the talking during the Civil War

Today’s youth do most of their communicating with their fingertips through text messaging, but courtship during the Civil War era was a little more complicated. The etiquette and manners that men and women observed during the Victorian era is a far cry from what...
Women soldiers in the Civil War

Women soldiers in the Civil War

I’m reading a great book called, They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook. As I was doing research for my historical fiction novel, I discovered a few women who dressed as men and fought as soldiers, but I am...
Olden Day’s Festival a step back in time

Olden Day’s Festival a step back in time

I’ll admit that I don’t always look forward to doing book signings, but I couldn’t have had a better time at the Olden Days Festival in Smithfield, Va., last weekend. For those of you who don’t know the history of Smithfield, it is located on...
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