Life in the Past Lane

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

Arlington House: Memorial to Robert E. Lee

Arlington HousePart IIThere are probably some people out there who don't know that Arlington National Cemetery is located on the grounds of Arlington House, the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee for three decades. It has long been a place that I wanted to...

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A sacred shrine – Arlington Cemetery

Arlington National CemeteryPart 1After a heavy book signing schedule in April and May, and then working long hours throughout the month of June (as in 85 hours in one week) I've taken some time off in July to get caught up.Last week I checked off one of the things on...

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Warshing clothes in the old days

Saw this post and thought I'd share a piece of life during the Civil War. This is a word-for-word copy of what an Alabama grandmother gave to a new bride, with spelling errors and all. I think it's funny because I hear people complain all the time about having to "do...

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150th anniversary of the Battle of Manassas

Prospero's Bookstore - (Heaven)Another great time was had at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas Civil War event on Friday - but, boy was it hot! I don't know how the re-enactors did it, especially with the sun beating down on the wide, open...

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Civil War book signing at Manassas event

I'm looking forward to my next book signing at Prospero's Books in Manassas, Va. The signing will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first large battle of the Civil War: First Manassas or the Battle of Bull Run.Since I launched my Civil War novel Noble Cause...

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Civil War novel wins award for Southern fiction

I'm not sure what happened that it is July already. Maybe it was the 85 hours I worked the last week of June at my part-time job? I didn't see my house except to sleep for almost two weeks, and am still in the process of catching up.Despite those long hours, I...

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Trailer for Civil War novel “Noble Cause”

I finally received all of the rights to post my trailer for my new historical fiction novel Noble Cause, so thought I'd go ahead and share it on my blog as well.It features the artwork of John Paul Strain, including my all-time favorite piece called "Fire in the...

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Civil War treasure hunting in Harper’s Ferry

Just a quick post about last weekend -- one of the few weekends I have off during the month of June. We took the short trip to Harper's Ferry to wander around the Flea Market there, and came home with an old wooden-handled hatchet and two baggies of Civil War items...

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