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Insignificant Civil War Battle with a Major Impact - The Battle of Yellow Tavern

Battle of Yellow Tavern There were times when relatively forgotten battles had a major impact on the larger scope of the Civil War. This is one of those battles. The Battle of Yellow Tavern took place May 11, 1864, just six miles north of Richmond at a crucial crossroads in Henrico County, Virginia. It is the site of the present-day [...]

Blackfoot and Crow of the Montana Territory

The Blackfoot and the Crow were two tribes of Montana whose lands overlapped. Both play a significant role in book six, Promise Trail, from my Redemption Mountain historical western romance series. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="225"] Crow Indian Brave[/caption] The Crow, sometimes we're referred to as the “Crow Nation” derived their name from their own native word, Aspalooke (opp-sah-loh-kay), which literally [...]

Surviving the Frontier Winter

Pioneer families worked hard in the summer and fall to gather supplies of food. Then, they canned, smoked, and salted as much of it as they could and stored it away for winter. Survivor Pass, book five in the Redemption Mountain historical western romance series, provides a small glimpse of living in the harsh Montana winters. How Did the Pioneers [...]

Opium Use & the Rise of Opium Dens in 19th Century America

Nate’s Destiny, book six in the MacLarens of Boundary Mountain historical western romance series, focuses on my protagonist, Nate Hollis. He fought as a Union Cavalry officer, losing part of his arm at Battle of Brandy Station. To manage the pain, many soldiers turned to opium when laudanum failed to provide relief.  The same as illicit drugs today, opium and [...]

The Battle of Brandy Station

Nate Hollis, my protagonist in Nate’s Destiny, book six in the MacLarens of Boundary Mountain historical western romance series, fought in the Civil War as a member of the Union Cavalry. The Battle of Brandy Station was a significant battle, pitting two great cavalry groups against each other. It is in this battle that Nate, my fictional character, sustains a [...]

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