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Researching the South during the Gilded Age

In this post, I want to do two things: I want to share with you some of the research that went into my novel, If Only It Were Yesterday, and I also want to review and recommend one of my key research books. Whether you're a historical fiction fan or history buff, you're likely to… Continue reading Researching the South during the Gilded Age

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Quotes from General Lee and General Grant

In celebration of the anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox earlier this month, I thought we'd take a look at some famous quotes from both generals. You could certainly spend all day reading the various quotes from each man. There was so much that I wanted to share. Words on army life, each… Continue reading Quotes from General Lee and General Grant

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Getting Dressed: A Collection of Historical Dressing Videos

I enjoy learning about historical fashion and have taken you on tours in the past. But there is something that videos can teach us that simple text cannot. I thought it would be interesting and even handy to collect some videos together for your enjoyment. I do not own any of these videos so refer to… Continue reading Getting Dressed: A Collection of Historical Dressing Videos

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The History Lover’s Playground: Digitized Newspapers

I want to share a website that I ran across during my research. This is for the author, history buff, or those who are bored and looking for something new to read. 😉  It's called: Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers.  I found this website when I was searching up headline news during the year 1885.… Continue reading The History Lover’s Playground: Digitized Newspapers

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Celebrating History: The 152nd Anniversary of Lee’s Surrender to Grant

This is probably my favorite moment in American history. I never cease to be fascinated by the men involved and their attitudes and actions. Some were expected, but many surprised me. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9th, 1865, bringing the beginning of the end of the Civil War a reality. The… Continue reading Celebrating History: The 152nd Anniversary of Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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Experiencing History Blog Series: Reliving the End of the Civil War, Moment by Moment

I had written a blog series during the 150th anniversary of the surrender, paying close attention to the historical timeline of events as they played out. The series starts days before the surrender, allowing you to see what was happening, as well as the letters exchanged between generals, as Lee and Grant were moving in… Continue reading Experiencing History Blog Series: Reliving the End of the Civil War, Moment by Moment

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Historical Book Review: The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette by Florence Hartley

This is a special book review especially for history fans or historical authors. And the best part is, this book is a freebie on Amazon!! The full title is, The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness A Complete Hand Book for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society. Now if that isn't… Continue reading Historical Book Review: The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette by Florence Hartley

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When Fiction Meets Reality: The Battle of Chickamauga

  When I sat down to begin writing/researching for the Ancient Words Series, one of the first questions I had asked was, "If a man joined the Confederacy from Bedford Co. TN, which regiment would he join?" There were two infantry regiments. I chose the 17th and drowned myself in its history. I read everything… Continue reading When Fiction Meets Reality: The Battle of Chickamauga