History

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

History

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

History

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

About the Book, History

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

Book Reviews, History

Civil War Research Book Review: Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

The book is both the most wonderful thing and the most dreadful all at once. First, let's talk about what's so great about it. What I Loved: There's nothing like reading original letters from people in the past. They shine so much light on the culture of the time. This recollection and letters by the… Continue reading Civil War Research Book Review: Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

Fiction Friday

Facebook Party and Giveaway!!

I'm hosting a Facebook party starting Saturday. It's a fun little gathering where history and Christian fiction meet. As a Civil War novelist, I had studied several important moments in American history, but Lee's surrender to Grant was always a highlight for me. Celebrating History is a 4-day party so they'll be plenty of time… Continue reading Facebook Party and Giveaway!!

Book Reviews, History

Civil War Research Book Review: The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s by Marc McCutcheon

The wonderful and fascinating details of the 1800s have been gathered into one interesting volume, in which McCutcheon has included quotes from 19th-century citizens concerning or describing hairstyles and fashion, favorite swear words and slang, jokes of the period, courtship and marriage rituals, and more. A must for both fiction and nonfiction historical writers. Oh… Continue reading Civil War Research Book Review: The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s by Marc McCutcheon

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

Book Reviews, History

Civil War Research Book Review: The Civil War Years: A Day-by-Day Chronicle by Robert E. Denney

Follow the story of the Civil War as it unfolds in the words of the people who lived through it. With records of daily events from January 1, 1861 to May 30, 1866, this fascinating chronicle includes illuminating background information on the population of America, its society and economics, the issue of states' rights, and… Continue reading Civil War Research Book Review: The Civil War Years: A Day-by-Day Chronicle by Robert E. Denney