Life in the Past Lane

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

Signing Civil War book at Olden Days

I am really excited to be taking part in Olden Days June 26-27 in beautiful Smithfield,Va., said to be one of the state' best preserved seaports.According to its website, Smithfield is a quaint river-port town rich in Hams, History, and Hospitality. The town's Main...

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Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion in Va.

What a great and historic day we had in Virginia on Saturday!The Mosby Heritage Area Association hosted the 2nd Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion at the Inn at Kelly's Ford and had a great turnout!It was so wonderful to meet the descendants of the men I read about while...

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Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion

I'm really excited to be attending the Mosby Heritage Area Association's 2nd Annual Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion this Saturday at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford in southern Fauquier County. Most of you are probably familiar with the fact the the main character in my...

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Turner Ashby: Knight of the Confederacy

Turner Ashby was a Confederate cavalry general who served under Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 during the Civil War. A soldier by descent, he was the son of Colonel Turner Ashby, who fought in the war of 1812, and the grandson of...

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Birthday of President Jefferson Davis

"We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence, and that, or extermination, we will have." - Jefferson DavisThis is a guest post written by Bernhard Thuersam, Director of Cape Fear Historical Institute. First published on Southern Heritage News and...

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Tribute to a Confederate 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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Civil War connection to Taps

“Its echoes linger in the heart long after its tones have ceased to vibrate in the air.” - Oliver Willcox NortonWhat is just 24 notes long; takes 45 seconds to play; and sends shivers down your spine?The answer, of course, is Taps.The sound of Taps has been one of the...

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Honoring America’s truest heroes

For the first time in a few years, I was unable to help place flags on the graves of veterans at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg for Memorial Day. Unfortunately I had to work, and I really feel like I've missed out on something special. The cemetery has veterans from...

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Dear Readers

Would you like to have the chance to win a free signed copy of my Civil War novel Noble Cause in my quarterly contest? Here’s how you can do it:1) Post a comment about one of my novels on any Web site, blog, message board, or other electronic forum that includes...

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Setting the record straight on a tragedy

I'm going to deviate a little from my usual topic of Civil War history to post something I found very interesting and provocative. It's testimony from Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado.I...

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