Life in the Past Lane

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

Honoring the Confederate Battle Flag

Confederate Flag Raising along I-95."The flag that is being raised today will be a living, breathing memorial to our Confederate dead.” - Susan HathawayI had a wonderful time in Virginia attending the I-95 Confederate Flag Raising on Saturday, and was sorry I had to...

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Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

Dr. Mary WalkerSince Gettysburg just hosted the National Medal of Honor convention last week, I thought it would be interesting to do a post on one recipient who is not very well known.Her name is Mary Edwards Walker, and she was born in 1832 in Oswego, N.Y. Prior to...

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A lesson in Confederate history

Anyone out there ever heard of Dick Poplar? I hadn't until a few weeks ago when I found out that a memorial service was held at Memorial Hill in Blandford Church Cemetery in Petersburg, Va., in honor of "Dick Poplar Day."Dick Poplar was a Black Confederate who had...

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The Gray Ghost of Civil War Virginia

So excited to announce the release of a new e-book as a companion to Noble Cause (formerly Shades of Gray), that shares information about the life and exploits of Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the real-life Confederate soldier that my Civil War novel is based on. You...

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Companion book to NOBLE CAUSE available

I have gotten so many questions about who the main character in my historical fiction novel NOBLE CAUSE (formerly SHADES OF GRAY), was based upon, that I decided to write a book about him! Here's the blurb!No name in the annals of the Civil War conjures a more...

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Goodbye summer!

I can't believe I'm writing this on Labor Day, 2013! Why, just yesterday we were commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and celebrating the Fourth of July!I got a good bit of writing done over the summer, but did not make my deadline of...

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Visit to a Revolutionary War era home

Walnut Grove PlantationAs many of you know, I took a quick trip to South Carolina to research my new book on the Revolutionary War.One of the interesting places I visited was Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck, S.C., home of Catherine "Kate" Barry, a heroine of the...

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A trip to Valley Forge

Reproductions of cabins used by soldiers at Valley Forge.It seems like I have been running non-stop since leaving town the last week of June to attend a book signing in Elizabeth City, N.C. From there I spent a few days on the Outer Banks, and then it was back to...

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