Life in the Past Lane

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A new inspirational historical romance by award-winning author Jessica James.Above and BeyondComing in August, 2013Above and BeyondA raging war An unexpected love A selfless sacrifice Confederate spy Sarah Duvall risks all to help cavalry officer Douglas Benton...

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A night at “The White Castle”

NottowayCan you imagine my delight when I first laid my eyes on the majestic Nottoway Plantation outside of Baton Rouge, La.? The 64-room, three-story palatial mansion is sometimes referred to as an "American castle," and it's easy to see why. I walked all over this...

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Lookout Mountain: Battle Among the Clouds

Day 2: Magical History TourLookout Mountain, looking over Tennessee River.Continuing my posts on my Deep South tour, I visited Lookout Mountain before leaving Chattanooga, TN. The day was actually cloudy, which made it look more like it probably did during the Civil...

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A side trip to a Confederate Cemetery

Confederate Cemetery outside Chattanooga with trees blossomed.Magical History TourContinuing my posts about my trip to the Deep South, I wanted to share some photos of a Confederate Cemetery we visited outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.I probably would never have...

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All aboard the historic Delta Queen

Day 1: Magical History Tour 2013Home sweet home after 2,581 miles and nine states in seven days. It's taken me a few days to get back into a routine, so sorry this is a little late in coming. I'm still a little overwhelmed with a whirlwind of memories and thoughts of...

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Stepping into the past at Oak Alley

Oak AlleyOne of the plantations I've long had on my bucket list is Oak Alley on the River Road south of Baton Rouge, La. -- and it is every bit as spectacular as I expected it to be.Live oaks are everywhere at Oak Alley.Originally named Bon Sejour, Oak Alley was built...

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Deep South Magical History Tour

The Delta Queen at the start ofthe 2004 Great Steamboat Race.This week has been especially busy as I work on the publishing details of Above and Beyond, and prepare for a "Deep South Magical History Tour," that will take me to Alabama, Mississippi and...

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A North-South love affair

Antonia FordFollowing up on my last post when I attended the 150th anniversary of Mosby's famous Fairfax Raid, I also wanted to share information on another house I had the opportunity to visit -- the home of Antonia Ford.Widely reported to have been a volunteer...

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Mosby’s Fairfax Raid in his own words

The Gunnell House. General Stoughton was captured byMosby in the second story bedroom to the left.As most of you know, I attended the 150th anniversary of the March 9, 1863, raid by John Mosby and his rangers, in which a Union general was captured in the Union-held...

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Book signing at 150th Fairfax Raid commemoration

March 8, 1863. John S. Mosby150 years ago, Brigadier General Edwin H. Stoughton of the 2nd Vermont Brigade, was captured from his bed in Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, by Confederate Ranger Major John S. Mosby.Mosby also captured 20 men and 55 horses--without a shot...

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