Blogging A-Z I Is For Ironclads

Blogging A-Z I Is For Ironclads

The Merrimack was in the Gosport Navy Yard at Portsmouth, Virginia when the war broke out. It had been scheduled for repairs, but congress denied the funds, leaving her there in port. The Confederates sank lightboats between Craney Island and Sewell’s Point, which blocked the channel away from the port on April 16, 1861. On…

Blogging A-Z H Is For Hysterical Humours

She inclined her head. “You’ll notice Abalone is gone. She was looking after me when I got back from that place just like she had since I was a baby. Daddy decided she was getting too old and sold her. Truth be known, she was giving the nurse fits about drugging me all the time…

A-Z Blogging Challenge G Is For Gumbo

We watched in fascination as Chaisson slipped up on the snake who was warming himself on a rock. His hand shot out so quickly it was a blur. Just as rapidly, he cracked the snake like a whip, breaking its neck. “Wouldn’t it have been easier to shoot it, Chase?” Callahan asked. He was already…

Blogging A-Z F Is For Faunching

To men who study war, and Captain Baron Patrick Callahan had been a student all his life, these great conflicts have a definite pattern. In the beginning, it is all hearts bursting with pride and dreams of glory. Too soon the gleaming brass buttons on crisp uniforms tarnish. Feet that marched smartly to a vibrant,…

A-Z Blogging Seeing The Elephant

A-Z Blogging Seeing The Elephant

At the beginning of the war, soldiers worried they’d go through their enlistment and not “see the elephant”.  After Sumter, Lincoln called up 75,000 troops for ninety days. Ah, optimism. Seeing the elephant was to see the show or see combat. I’ve been surprised during my research for Rain Crow at how many times in…

A-Z Blogging D Is For Doctor Line

Both sides of the conflict found a number of creative ways to pass information during the Civil War. The Confederacy definitely started out with an advantage as some agents such as Thomas Jordan had been preparing for at least a year before Sumter. He already had an impressive spy ring in place at the beginning…

A-Z Blogging–C Is For Crinoline

Crinolines were originally structured of stiffened petticoats made to hold out lady’s skirts. They became especially popular during the 19th century. The petticoat fabric was made of horsehair (crin) and cotton or linen. The hoop skirts came into fashion first as completely round and then more elongated to the back. I’ll do a more complete…

A-Z Blogging Challenge-Buttons!

It’s the second day of the challenge and letter B! There are so many options. I decided to go with buttons! (Warning it is a bit graphic.) Baron led Sally closer to the campfire where he could see the wound properly. The mare hobbled behind, limping badly, and nudging his back occasionally. When she did,…

A-Z Blogging Challenge First Day

I’m participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge this year. Lawsy, what was I thinking? I blame it on Colin! I’ll be blogging mainly about Civil War tidbits or pieces from The Rain Crow, but there may be a surprise here and there. I’m working on The Rain Crow, my Civil War novel about my Confederate…

I Am Death

There is a conversation going on at Janet Reid’s blog that evolved into conversations about vampires.  The prevailing thought is vampires don’t sell. The market is saturated. I have always believed a great story written beautifully will find a home. So, to all the vampire writers out there, fly free. Regina is a character in…