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

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

Book Reviews

Wednesday Review: Godey’s Fashions, An Adult Coloring Book by Dover Coloring Book

Superbly rendered illustrations, adapted from Godey's Lady's Book, a rare nineteenth-century fashion magazine, provide authentic views of evolving Victorian modes of apparel — from lace-edged necklines and elongated bodices to fitted bonnets and extravagant bustles. Thirty ready-to-color illustrations depict lavish dresses and gowns of velvet and damask; smart riding outfits trimmed with braid and gilt;… Continue reading Wednesday Review: Godey’s Fashions, An Adult Coloring Book by Dover Coloring Book

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

History

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

About the Book

Ralph and Frank’s Interview

It's been over a year since I sat down with my characters and interviewed them. You can read the first interview here. I had a load of fun interviewing Claire and Frank Harper, stars of the Ancient Words Series, so I wanted to bring them back out to answer some more questions. But I wanted… Continue reading Ralph and Frank’s Interview