History

Civil War Letters: A Southern Dinner

The longer the war lasted, the harder it was to find food on Southern tables. We often read about the soldier's fare, but what were they eating at home? I had the pleasure of reading some interesting accounts of Southern meals from 1865 written by Eliza Frances Andrews. Enjoy! "She had such a dinner as… Continue reading Civil War Letters: A Southern Dinner

History

Civil War Letters: Honest Journal Entries

One of the highlights to reading a journal is the brutally honest approach the author has when she believes no one will ever read her journal. I've had the pleasure of reading two journals written by women so far and will be sharing a few quotes from these ladies. I should warn you, that I've… Continue reading Civil War Letters: Honest Journal Entries

History

Christmas During the Civil War: From the Frontlines

Instead of focusing on one single letter, I'm bringing to you a collection of snippets from soldiers during the Civil War. I know that together, they'll paint an accurate picture. December 25, 1862: "This is Christmas, and my mind wanders back to that home made lonesome by my absence, while far away from the peace… Continue reading Christmas During the Civil War: From the Frontlines

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Christmas During the Civil War: On the Homefront

The following excerpt was taken from: L. Virginia French's War Journal 1862-1865 Lucy Virginia Smith French was living in McMinnville, Tennessee during the war. Her journal tells the perspective¬†of the Southern Homefront. ¬† Christmas 1862 "...On Tuesday evening Brooks Trezevant came to spend Christmas with us. He brought me as a Christmas gift 25 lbs… Continue reading Christmas During the Civil War: On the Homefront

Christian, History

Nothing New Under the Sun: A Mother’s Heart

To fully appreciate the following letter, you'd want to go back and read last month's post where I shared a very special letter from Agnes Lee. Agnes was under some heavy conviction and while she wrestled with these things, she penned a letter to her mother seeking advice and clarity. Her mother then wrote back,… Continue reading Nothing New Under the Sun: A Mother’s Heart

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Civil War Letters: Hardtack, Bacon, and Maggots! Oh My!

While writing Civil War Fiction, I spend a lot of time reading real letters and journals that were written during the war. I've found some of the most amazing stuff. You can click on the Civil War Letters tag on this page to read the collection of letters I've shared so far. Today, I want… Continue reading Civil War Letters: Hardtack, Bacon, and Maggots! Oh My!