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Life in the Past Lane

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

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....

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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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Poignant Civil War poem

Had to share this beautiful poem that was printed on June 30, 1863 in the Poughkeepsie Eagle in New York. Author unknown. Send Them Home Tenderly Send them home tenderly,The sleepers at rest,With hands meekly foldedOn each silent breast;Let them come back to...

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A Yankee raid during the Civil War

Belle Grove, home of Amanda Edmonds during the Civil War.I had a spectacular time in Virginia last Sunday, touring homes that were known as Mosby Safe Houses during the Civil War. As many of you know, Confederate officer John S. Mosby was the inspiration for...

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Touring homes in Mosby’s Confederacy

Several of the homes known to be safe houses for Mosby's Rangers will be open for tour this Sunday, thanks to the Mosby Heritage Area Association. The homes include Seven Springs, the Hathaway House, Brookside, Belle Grove, and Oakham. I cannot wait! This is a rare...

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