Life in the Past Lane

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

Clearing up a common Confederate myth

In an interview concerning Confederate Heritage Month, I saw a Georgia state representative quoted as saying that Southern heritage shouldn't be honored because the Confederates "fought to overthrow" the United States government.Again, I will turn to the Confederate...

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Remembering Mosby and his Rangers

Confederate History MonthAnyone who knows anything about Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby, knows that the main character in my historical fiction novel Shades of Gray, resembles him in character. So for today's post I thought I'd take a few excerpts from my favorite...

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Stonewall’s wife recounts final moments

Confederate History MonthPart II of Stonewall Jackson's life and deathMuch has been written about the military prowess and friendly-fire wounding of General Stonewall Jackson, but as a historical fiction author, I like to look at the more human side of the War Between...

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Wife remembers her Confederate hero

No remembrance of Confederate history could be complete without something about General "Stonewall" Jackson. Since his military prowess is already well documented, and since, as an historical fiction author I prefer to show the human side of the War Between the...

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Today in Confederate history: Shiloh

As part of Confederate History Month, I have been trying to find unique perspectives of historical events. As most history buffs know, the Battle of Shiloh took place in April so today I will focus on that and the mortal wounding of Confederate General Albert Sydney...

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A Confederate view of the Civil War

In honor of Confederate Heritage Month, I thought I'd print part of a publication called "A Confederate Catechism" by Lyon Gardiner Tyler. (Third edition, Nov. 21, 1929).A Confederate CatechismWhat was the cause of secession in 1861?It was the fact that the Union...

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A quote for Confederate History Month

"Any society which suppresses the heritage of its conquered minorities, prevents their history or denies them their symbols, has sown the seeds of their own destruction." - Sir William Wallace, 1281 AD

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Time to call off ‘Dixie?’ No!

In honor of Confederate Heritage Month, I found this reply to an editorial that appeared in a Chicago society periodical, calling for bands to stop playing "Dixie." The response to that editorial appeared in Confederate Veteran (1897), and here is part of "A Southern...

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Southern matrons asked to guard history

In honor of Confederate Heritage Month, here is the continued post from April 1.It is for you, Southern matrons, to guard your cherished ones against this foul idolatry, and to teach them a nobler and a higher moral. It is for you to bring the youth of our land to...

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April is Confederate History Month

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus GarveyIt's finally April! Since I have a bad case of Spring Fever this year, I have been looking forward to watching the flowers and trees finally burst...

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