Life in the Past Lane

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

The death of J.E.B. Stuart

I've been busier than usual this month, but did not want May 12 to pass without noting the death of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart (I missed the anniversary of the death of Stonewall Jackson on May 10). As a historical fiction author, I like to show the human side of the great...

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Mother’s Day connection to the Civil War

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."- Abraham LincolnEver wondered when Mother's Day started and why? They say the honoring of mothers goes back to the ancient Greek era when the mother of many Greek mythology deities was honored. In recent...

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Ford’s Theatre and The Civil War

Had a great evening at Ford's Theatre on Wednesday, being entertained by the legendary Michael Lanning and Michael 'Tuba' McKinsey in the musical production of The Civil War.What a treat to sit in the front row on the balcony a few arms lengths from the booth where...

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Civil War and wine: A perfect combination

OK, at first glance you may not think the Civil War and wine have all that much in common - but, boy, are you wrong!I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a book signing of my historical fiction book, Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia at...

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Historical fiction book signing at winery

I was so impressed with the spectacular view at the site of my last book signing, I had to write about it.Bluemont Winery is located on a hill in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia, at an elevation of 951 feet. You would not believe how far you can see! I forgot to...

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Confederate flag flies over Tampa

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus GarveyThe historic day has arrived! A park memorializing Confederate veterans will officially open April 25 with the hoisting of the new “world’s largest...

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Arlington Cemetery: Where heroes rest

Confederate History Month Guest PostCalvin E. Johnson, Jr. has graciously written a guest post about the Arlington Cemetery in honor of Confederate History Month. I found it a very interesting piece of Confederate history - and our nation's history. It reminds us of...

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Patriot’s Day: Paul Revere’s Ride

I'm diverting a little bit from my usual topic of the Civil War to take a look back at the a page from the history of the Revolutionary War. On the night of April 18th, and into the morning of Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to Concord, Massachusetts, in order to...

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Civil War love letter touches the heart

I have a real soft spot for old love letters, and this one is so beautiful, I thought I'd share it as pat of Confederate History Month. Harvey Black descended from the founding family of Blacksburg, Virginia, and served as a surgeon to the Army of Northern Virginia....

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Birthday of the American Civil War

“I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication, demanding the evacuation of this fort, and to say, in reply thereto, that it is a demand with which I regret that my sense of honor and my obligations to my Government prevent my compliance.” - Major...

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