Civil War love letters

Civil War love letters

I stumbled across a great site for Civil War love letters today and had to share this one that I remember reading years ago when I was doing research for my Civil War novel Shades of Gray. It is from Harvey Black in Brandy Station, Virginia, who served as a surgeon to...
“Damn the Yankees’ – not the right ‘oath’

“Damn the Yankees’ – not the right ‘oath’

I am always interested in reading first-person accounts of the Civil War, and so was pleased to find an article in my inbox this morning concerning the unpleasant task imposed upon Southerners of taking the oath of allegiance. After the War Between the States, loyal...
Civil War warriors had soft hearts

Civil War warriors had soft hearts

In the midst of the chaos of today’s society, it is sometimes hard to imagine the type of devotion that plays out in my Civil War novel Shades of Gray. One would not expect, after all, to hear sweet murmurings of love from those great soldiers we have come to...
Presidential Poll results

Presidential Poll results

“I think this poll shows that, above all, Americans are looking for someone with strong moral values.” – Jessica James, author The votes are in on the Presidential Poll I conducted, and I think the results are very revealing about the upcoming presidential...
Civil War heroes & revisionist history

Civil War heroes & revisionist history

I was surprised, and a little dismayed, to talk to a reader in Virginia a few weeks ago, who thought that Colonel John Mosby (the Confederate officer that Colonel Alexander Hunter, the main character in Shades of Gray, is based upon) was a murderer and a thief. For...
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