Life in the Past Lane

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

The “Bell” Battery in the Civil War

I thought this was an interesting facet of the Civil War, and am sharing it from the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial. It is taken from the The North Carolina Booklet, Volume V, No. 1, July 1905, and shows the sacrifice a North Carolina town made...

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Treasure hunting in historic Civil War country

We made a last-minute decision to go to the Shenandoah Valley this weekend for the annual "Yard Crawl" -- 43 miles of yard sales and flea markets. The sales start in Winchester,Va., but the official starting point is Stephens City on old Rt. 11, and it runs down to...

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Another Civil War battlefield off my bucket list

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I'm back from my whirlwind trip to Texas and thought I'd update everyone on some of the highlights.The trip started out a little shaky when we stopped for a brief break at a rest stop on the first leg of our journey, and my...

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Vermont statue at Gettysburg features hatchet

Can you see it?If you visit the Gettysburg Civil War Battlefield, make sure to look up at the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers monument located on the east side of Hancock Avenue.Though not real obvious, you might notice by the figure's right foot something protruding...

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Victorian love letter

An old love letter I ran across. Why can't men write like this anymore?To Miss Rose Terry:It is but a few short months since we met, and yet in that time I have come to regard you more in the light of a heavenly angel than an earthly mortal, and in thee, dearest, I...

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Out in the garden

Some of the first flowers topop up in the Spring.This is off topic since I usually write about historical sites or stories of interest, but since I've spent so much time in my gardens this year, I thought I'd share the fruits of my labor through photos.In addition to...

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Tribute to a Southern Hero

"With the bitterness of war all gone, there remains to Americans, North and South, a precious heritage of valor, of self-sacrifice, of sturdy, unflagging never-give-up spirit, a heritage which, in future days of possible stress, will prove inspiration unto us. Mosby...

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