Life in the Past Lane

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

Lunch at Farley: A Civil War treasure

The historic house called Farleywhere we ate lunch after our ride.Note: This is Part 2 of my experiences on June 4 as part of the Mosby Heritage Area Association Brandy Station Battlefield ride.After a morning of horseback riding across the beautiful rolling hills on...

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Riding into history at Brandy Station

Union Colonel Benjamin"Grimes" Davis was shotnear here.Part 1The Battle of Brandy Station -- the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent -- took place on June 9, 1863. Of the 20,000 soldiers involved, about 17,000 were mounted. Brandy...

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The Great Train Raid event

I started the Memorial Day weekend as I try to do every year, by placing flags on Veteran's graves at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. Buried there are veterans of every war, including many from the Civil War. I seem to get assigned a different section every year,...

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Heritage Day book signing in Purcellville

I didn't take many photos at my book signing in Virginia on Saturday, but I sure had a great time! The event was Purcellville Heritage Day, an old-fashioned country fair that included a Civil War theme this year in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the...

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Noble Cause wins awards!

I am happy to report that my new Civil War novel Noble Cause has been named the winner in the Indie Next Generation Contest for Best Regional Fiction.Like my first novel, Shades of Gray, it also was named a Finalist in both the Historical Fiction and Romance...

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Big Civil War weekend in Gettysburg

It was a whirlwind weekend as Confederate History Month drew to a close on Saturday.First, I had a wonderful book signing event for my new Civil War novel Noble Cause at Pages of the Past Bookstore in Gettysburg. If you're coming to visit Gettysburg, you have to put...

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Obituary for Col. Mosby’s Civil War servant

I thought others might find this interesting. It is the obituary for Col. John Mosby's servant, Aaron Burton, who served with him throughout the Civil War. Anyone who has read of the exploits of Mosby, knows that Burton was quite a character.Dec. 23, 1902 The...

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Off topic: Spring Flowers!

It sure seems like Spring took a long time to get here this year. Traveling in the South to promote my new Civil War novel Noble Cause gave me a taste of warm weather and gardens in bloom, so I'm very grateful that we've now had a couple of days of sun for my own...

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Civil War novel Launch Party continues

April will soon be over, but there is still time to enter to win a free signed copy of Noble Cause in two different ways.#1: Hit the "follow" button on the left-hand column of this blog.Or#2: Go to my Jessica James Fan Page and hit the "LIKE" button.Do both, and get...

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Final thoughts on Civil War Book Tour

The final day of my book tour for my new historical fiction novel, Noble Cause, I went to Patriot's Point where cannons were fired to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War (on April 12).During my travels in South Carolina, I was somewhat surprised...

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