Life in the Past Lane

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

Birthday of a cherished son of the South

“I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for...

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Gettysburg churches a treasure trove of history

Trinity UCC, GettysburgI've been attending different church services the last few weeks--which may not seem like a topic for an historical fiction author's blog--expect that every church I have attended was used as a hospital during the Civil War. (Any...

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Historic treasures discovered in bank vault

This is old news - the discovery of the two trunks having been made in 2002 - but I just ran across this article and thought I'd share it in case there are others who were unaware.The discovery of two long-forgotten steamer trunks crammed with family memorabilia from...

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Epilogue to Noble Cause

For the Epilogue to SHADES OF GRAY, Go HERE. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.  Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – From a headstone in Ireland   Andrea Hunter stared at the back of the boy—young man really—as he leaned against the white column on the...

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Please vote for Best of Gettysburg - and send around to your friends.I'd like to get as much input as possible! You may not be able to answer each and every question, but I'm hoping for at least 10 answers on each questionnaire.You can leave answers as a comment to...

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Civil War message in a bottle deciphered

Hard to believe that we are still making discoveries about the Civil War when we are just months away from commemorating the 150th anniversary of its start. The latest discovery is the deciphering of a message in a bottle that was intended for a Confederate general.In...

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‘Glorious Courage in One so Young’

For those who are not familiar with the young Confederate officer John Pelham, I thought I'd do a short post on one of his actions in Fredericksburg, Va. A Major of artillery at the age of 24, Pelham kept Union General William Franklin's infantry (16,000 of them)...

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Civil War cooking at Belle Grove Plantation

I just got around to downloading video from my book signing event at beautiful Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va. that took place during the Cedar Creek Battle re-enactment in October. As you can see, the kitchen workers were preparing a full meal that included...

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Signed books make great gifts!

Some readers may not be aware that you can purchase a signed copy of my award-winning historical fiction novels  Noble Cause or Shades of Gray directly through me for just $20, plus $3 shipping.I'll even gift wrap your purchase for you!Contact me...

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Hummingbird adventure in Gettysburg

Rufous Hummingbird in GettysburgI spent Saturday morning watching a "bird bander" put a band on my little hummingbird that arrived at my feeder on Nov. 19. He was also measured, weighed and identified as a male Rufous from the Rocky Mountain area. Apparently these...

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