Life in the Past Lane

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

Confederate Heritage Month

In seeking ways I could help promote Confederate Heritage Month and bring attention to the month of the year when the War Between the States both ended and began, I did what I always do as a historical fiction author - I turned to the voices of the past. After all,...

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Civil War exploits of John Mosby

Since I neglected to write about Colonel John Mosby's first raid as a captain that occurred the first week of March in 1863, I thought I'd pick up on what took place later in the month. To give a brief summary of that first excursion, however, since it outdoes even...

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The great Civil War snowball fight

Here in Pennsylvania, we know about the unpredictable weather of March. Yesterday (when I worked 12 hours), it was sunny and in the 60s. Today, it's going to be in the 40s and windy. During the Civil War, the unpredictable weather helped to break the routine of camp...

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A trip back in time to Olde Virginia

Well, I'm back from beautiful Charlottesville and the Virginia Festival of the Book, and boy did I have fun! Though I was only there a short time, I did take the opportunity to see some of the historic sites the Charlottesville area has to offer. My first stop was...

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A Civil War curiosity: Devil’s Den

One of the little perks I get for living in an historic area like Gettysburg is to have the opportunity to pass Civil War landmarks during my everyday travels. I found myself in that circumstance last week when a shortcut to an appointment took me across the area of...

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Civil War graffiti & a new photo of Lincoln

So many great Civil War stories in the news this week, I wanted to post a couple in case you missed them. As an historical fiction author, I am always keeping my eyes open for these, and it always amazes me when we learn something new about this period!The first one...

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Another page from Civil War history

"Then not one drop of blood was shed in vain."I found this passage about the Confederates repulsing an overwhelming force against unbelievable odds, and thought I would share. This type of writing is why I fell in love with reading first-hand accounts of the War...

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Civil War landmark is almost history

One of the many benefits to come out of book signings is the wonderful people I get to meet. The signing I did at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, Va. is certainly no exception.Mentioning to one visitor that the main character in Shades of Gray is based loosely on...

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Honoring history on Confederate Flag Day

"Who will scorn or frown to see veterans of the South’s shattered armies unfurl that other banner, the riddled and blood-stained Stars and Bars, to look upon it and weep over it, and press it to their bosoms? For it is hallowed with recollections tender as the...

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Civil War authors gather at historic site

I attended the Civil War authors Book Mart at Historic Blenheim Saturday and had a wonderful time meeting Civil War enthusiasts and other authors. What a fantastic facility it is! I highly recommend this historic treasure to anyone who lives near, or is planning to...

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