Welcome to my fourth post of the year! I am so excited to be bringing you another installment of my Soldier Life series…the sixth in this series I found out. So for those who are unfamiliar with this series, I am compiling information that I came across while researching for The Battle for Heritage Series. I am not an expert on the War Between the States, but I thought these posts might be helpful to other authors researching the same time era.
With that out of the way, let’s see what life in the army was like for a private, the lowest ranking member of the army.
Most of the army is made up of privates, even today. They are the boots on the ground, the common soldier you know and love from novels and movies. Back in the old days, the private did not have any insignia on his uniform. And another thing about these fellows that I suppose is common knowledge is that the private never gave orders. He’s not over anyone, he’s at the bottom of the totem pole. But what exactly was expected of him? Let’s take a look.
Drill. If you’ve read any book on soldiering in any time period, I’m sure you’ve read about the incessant amount of drilling they did. This wasn’t just a mundane task they had to complete. This was life and death training. It also helped to fill time in the day that otherwise would have left the men idle…and more prone to get into trouble.
KP. Ah, yes, Kitchen Patrol. While this is more of the WWII name for the job, soldiers did take turns helping the army cooks. Peeling potatoes (when they had them) was one of their jobs, as was washing dishes, stirring pots, serving food and dumping food waste., They would have to do anything food related when their turn came around.
Policing the Grounds. Just as today, this task had to do with keeping their living quarters neat and clean. Clearing debris away from the walking paths, organizing their gear, stacking the wood piles neatly, it all had to do with keeping things tidied up.
Horse Duty. Even if they didn’t serve in the Cavalry, their unit had horses for pulling supply wagons, riding dispatches, and transporting officers. So, the privates would feed the horses, clean up after them and if needed, make sure they had been exercised for the day. Grooming needed to be kept up as well to insure the horses’ health and appearance.
Guard Duty. There were two types of guard duty. The first was what you would expect from the name, guarding prisoners, both enemy and fellow soldiers who had disobeyed some military rule. The other was known as Picket Duty, which simply meant they were guarding the outskirts of the camp from intruders.
Camp Duties. This could be anything and everything. Chopping wood, digging latrines and trenches, delivering messages from the officers, hauling water, doing laundry, shooting game/butchering…you name it!
Drummers and buglers as a rule were privates as well, but I can’t say dogmatically that they all had this rank. I would have to look into that a little deeper.
Privates also helped in the hospitals. They often helped hold a soldier down during surgery, volunteered to help the doctors when there was a shortage of nurses and helped remove the wounded from the battlefield. (They weren’t the only ones to do this, but since there were more privates than the other ranks, they were the majority of the ones gathering the wounded.) They also served on burial detail.
Hope this was helpful! I’ll see you next week with a writerly post that I can’t wait to share with you!
Hello and happy Friday everyone! I have another blog post for you today (Third one this year!) and it’s going to be so much fun! A Book List! 📚 If you are like me, you are a book nut, specifically when it comes to historical fiction. Well, today, I’m stepping into the Non-Fiction world and bringing you some of my favorite books about two famous American Heroes, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson! 😍 In addition to my favorites, I will be sharing some books that are on my TBR! 📖
But why these two for my very first book list?
Well, January happens to be the birth month of these amazing Christian men! General Lee was born on January 19th, 1807. Stonewall was born January 21st, 1824. So, it was only fitting to do this post in their honor. 🎈🎁 *Nods at my logic*
Now. Let’s get into the Book List!
Robert E. Lee
You have no idea how many books I own with “Robert E. Lee” as the title! Even though Stonewall is my favorite of the two, I have far more books about General Lee. Here are my favorites…
Recollections and Letters of Robert E. Lee by Robert E. Lee Jr. (More here!)
Oh, people, read this book!!!!!! It is my very favorite book about Robert E. Lee and I reference it for my books. Who better to write about this great man than his son? Rob does an excellent job chronicling his father’s life, from his very first memory of the general, to Robert E. Lee’s last days. The honor he bestows on his father and his attention to detail is amazing! And I must admit, I really fell in love with his writing style. It felt as if I were right there, riding through the war with Robert E. Lee. And the chapter where Rob takes a break from his father’s story to tell about himself, and the capture of his older brother…no words. It was so good!
Robert E. Lee by Noah Andre Trudeau
This is the first biography, and probably the first history book outside of textbooks, that I ever read and it is amazing! Such an up close and personal look at Gen. Lee and a little of his family as well. Not just the Civil War History of him either; this book goes back before that.
Boy of Old Virginia: Robert E. Lee by Hellen A. Monsell
This is a book written for school Children years ago. I dug up this copy at Goodwill and almost didn’t buy it! Then, my dad found it and brought it back to my attention. I took that as my cue that I needed to buy this book and I’m so glad I did! It’s a nice look at Lee’s childhood and what it was like growing up in the Lee household. It doesn’t touch on his war record, which was a unique twist. Highly recommend it. My younger brother loved it!
Robert E. Lee by Lee Roddy
This is a middle-grade book, but again, a lovely overview of the life of Robert E. Lee. Highly recommend it for an easy read, if you aren’t super into biographies. Great for Homeschool curriculum too!
These are not all of my books on Robert E. Lee, but you get the idea 😉 I can actually think of two more right of the top of my head!
Oh, my favorite Hero ever! I am working on building my Stonewall library, but for now, here are the books I’ve read…
Beloved Bride by Bill Potter (Read my review here!)
This book is amazing! I think every young person should read it, male and female! Married couples, history buffs, people waiting for the right one, just go read it! Fun Fact: I used this book as research for The Rivers of Sorrow! Read Beloved Bride, and you will know which story I pulled for my book!
Stonewall Jackson by Charles Ludwig
This is another middle-grade book and the best biography I’ve read on Stonewall thus far! It’s the only one I’ve read…anywho, this book is so good! Like Robert E. Lee by Lee Roddy, it’s perfect for Homeschool and is an amazing introduction to Stonewall Jackson
Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson
Christ in the Camp by J. William Jones
J. William Jones was Robert E. Lee’s personal chaplain. A Baptist preacher, Jones chronicled the revivals through the war that broke out in the Confederate camps. While it mainly focuses on Gen. Lee, Jackson appears more than once in this history! I highly recommend it for High School students, history buffs and Civil War enthusiasts!
Warriors of Honor by New Liberty Videos
This is a documentary that chronicles the Christian faith of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. If you love these generals, your collection is not complete without this DVD! I saw it several years ago at a Night Watch Service (only half though!) and I purchased my copy at Ft. Macon on Confederate Memorial Day. (Yes, that is a real holiday! May 10th, mark your calendar.)
My American Heroes TBR (To Be Read) List
Life and Campaigns of Lieutenant General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney
Dabney was a personal friend of Jackson and a member of his personal staff, the perfect person to write the official biography of one of America’s finest heroes. I got this as a prize for giving a suggestion to a new website. Cannot wait to read this!
Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
Civil War enthusiasts will be shocked that I haven’t read this book yet 😉 Published in 2014, this is supposed to be THE book about Stonewall, so I cannot wait to dive in! I received this as a gift from one of my readers who didn’t need their copy anymore! Thank you so much!
Stonewall: A Novel by John J. Dwyer
This is a borrowed book from my grandpa and I have been wanting to read this book for so long! I’m not sure how I’ll like it since it’s a novel about a historical figure and I don’t like it when people take too much liberty with historical figures…hopefully, it’s just recreating conversations or something.
Robert E. Lee: A Novel by John J. Dwyer
Like Stonewall, this is another borrowed book form grandpa. Again, not sure how I’ll end up enjoying this one, but I do highly anticipate it!
The Shaara Civil War Trilogy by Jeff and Michael Shaara
This includes Gods and Generals, Killer Angels and The Last Full Measure. I’ve been meaning to read this books for a long time, but it wasn’t until this year that I picked up Gods and Generals. I have no idea what the title has to do with anything, to be honest. But, aside from some words I’ve had to mark out, the book is very interesting and lines up with what I’ve read about these famous figures, or makes me want to research these people more (looking at you, Gen. Hancock!). I really hope I enjoy these. G&G is deeper, so I read it in spurts. Someday, hopefully, it will end up in a wrap-up!
So, that’s all I have for you today! Hope you enjoyed my very first book list! Something to think about: What are your favorite historical (fiction or non-fiction) books? List them and share them with a friend! There are never enough book recommendations!
Until Next Time,
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Hello and welcome to my second post of 2019! (FYI, I updated my December Wrap-Up with the rest of my reads so be sure and check it out!) As promised, I have a devotion for you! It’s time to take a look at my word for the year: Stand. When is it time to stand? Let’s look into our Bibles and find out!
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
King James Bible
It’s Time to Stand up for What We Believe.
I think we can all agree that there is only One God, Jehovah, the God of the Bible. Our Lord and Savior. But sadly, around the world, people worship other gods. Allah, Buddha, Mary and many other “gods” are worshiped as the “one god”. This is not a new issue, as the above Scripture indicates.
So many people tell us it’s not “politically correct” to pray in Jesus’ Name. It’s “offensive” since everyone has their own religious preferences. I’m not saying we need to start a fist fight or a loud protest. But when faced with this situation, we should not back down and say, “That’s fine. I’ll just say Amen at the end of my prayer.” There is no room for compromise.
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
King James Bible
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want God to be ashamed of me. Especially not because I was ashamed to admit that He is my Lord and Savior. After all, Jesus suffered ultimate shame and suffering for us. Isn’t it a small thing for Him to ask us to speak up and declare our Faith?
We Must Stand When it Seems We are Alone.
Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
I Kings 18:22
King James Bible
We know from reading the scriptures that Elijah wasn’t alone in his stand against Baal, but it sure seemed like it! And today it can be the same. You can get discouraged, thinking you are the only one staying true to God from our generation; thinking you are the only one waiting for God to bring “the one” to you if you are unmarried; believing no one cares about God’s standards anymore except for you. It can be lonely. But just as God did for Elijah, He will send encouragement to you! We are not the only people of our day who try to serve the Lord; we are not the only ones waiting for God’s divine order; we are not the only ones trying to have godly standards! We are not alone! But even when we feel that we are alone, God is always there for He has promised to never leave or forsake us! What better company could we ask for?
I wish I could take the time and dig into all the people of the Bible who had to stand in hard times. Or in our History for that matter! Let’s take just a moment and look at a few before I have to wrap this up!
-Moses had to Stand before Pharaoh and demand the release of his people. That’s not easy! Especially when this guy thinks he can outlast God in a contest of wills. Pharaoh had no idea Who he was up against! (Exodus 3)
-Moses called for the men of Israel to stand for the Lord’s side when there was sin in the camp. (Exodus 32:36)
-Elijah had to stand before the prophets of Baal and prove who the true God was. (And he won, of course!) (1 Kings 18)
-Daniel had to stand against those who wanted him to pray to the king instead of God. In this case, he stood by kneeling in prayer to the One True God. (Daniel 6)
-The three Hebrew children stood when ordered to worship a false God. They were thrown into the fiery furnace, walked with the Son of God, and lived to tell about it! (Daniel 3)
-The disciples stood against the priests when they were told not to preach about Jesus. But Peter answered them by saying they ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:27-29)
-Throughout history, Baptists have been ordered not to preach under penalty of imprisonment and death. But they continued on, as did Peter and the disciples.
-The Founding Fathers believed that, among other things, King George was preventing us from carrying out the great commission and refused to let us print our own Bibles. They took a stand for basic human and Christian rights, leading to the American War for Independence.
-During the War Between the States, Abraham Lincoln declared Bibles were contraband of War. Christians in the North took a stand, smuggling money, ink, type, and printing press equipment through the lines to the South so we could print our own Bibles. If they had been caught, they could have been arrested or even executed for smuggling to the “enemy”.
-Hitler declared Jews were not human and that they should be killed. Many Christians and others across Europe risked their lives to save God’s chosen from the concentration camps of the Nazi party. Many died for their stand, but they still stood!
What about you? Will you stand in the face of opposition? Will you be willing to speak up at the prompting of the Lord? It doesn’t matter what man says, but what God says.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
King James Bible
It’s Time to Stand. Will You?
Until Next Time,
It’s 2019. I am in shock! 2018 passed so quickly and so much has changed! Can you believe it’s the start of a new year? It’s already January! At this point, you are probably thinking, “Wow, Ryana Lynn, did you just now notice? We all saw it coming.”
I will move on from this totally random rant, the perfect way to start this year’s blog calendar!
Let's start over.
Hello everyone! Welcome to Life of Heritage Corner! We are rolling into our 4th year on the web and it’s been so encouraging to see the growth! For all of you that are new, I thought it would be fun to give you an introduction to me and my blog. I wanted to do a tag, but I couldn’t find one I liked…so anyway, here we go!
Before we go farther, I would like to invite you to subscribe to my blog! You will receive an email every time a post goes live, get insider information, a chance to give feedback for the blog and exclusive content!
I’ve worked out a schedule for the blog that will give you an idea of what to expect here at Life of Heritage Corner!
One the 1st of the month (or close to it, depending on my schedule) I post my monthly wrap-up, an overview of our ministry, life events, reading/book reviews, writing updates and goals for the upcoming month.
On the first Friday of the month, I will post a devotion, either something all-encompassing or specifically for young ladies. My apologies to any guys who may read this blog 😊
2nd Friday of the month will be a bookish post! Either a book tag, book list, book review…you name it, it’s possible, lol!
3rd Fridays will be dedicated to something History related. It might be something from my ongoing Soldier Life Series or 10 Totally Random facts, a bonus book review, or a totally new series…something I have in the works! Mostly, I am posting about the War Between the States, since that is my current setting for my novels. But, I may stray from it here and there with something from another period, like WWII. It all depends on my current mood, lol!
4th Fridays are going to be writing days! I love writing and these posts will be series I start on the subject, updates on my current WIP (Work-in-progress), or Writing Tags. I have some fun stuff in the making, so stay tuned!
There are 4 months with an extra Friday in them. So, these posts will not have a specific theme. Also, there are times when one of the Fridays runs into a holiday, historic event or my monthly wrap-ups. On such days, I will do my utmost to either bring you two posts that week or combine the topics in some way. Bear with me, I’m still figuring out my calendar, lol!
You can check my Writing Updates page for monthly updates on my current WIP. I’m thinking of changing up the page a little, so keep an eye out!
Now, people like the choose a word or phrase as their theme word for the year. I am late jumping on board this bandwagon, but I think it sounds so neat! So, without further ado, my word for 2019 is…
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
King James Bible
In these days we are living in, it is so important to stand up for the cause of Christ. To not allow ourselves to compromise just to please the crowd. Of course, we are not to go looking for a fight, but we are not to back down from the standard God has given us. This year, I want to stand up for what I believe in, in a Christian, feminine way. Will you join me, ladies? And to any gentlemen who may be reading this, will you purpose in your heart to Stand like the men of the Bible who faced hardships, giving us someone to look up to for an example? I challenge you, be a man or woman of God and Stand up for Jesus!
This conversation isn’t over! Join me on Friday for a devotion on the topic!
Well, I think that’s everything for the time being! Happy 2019!
Have a blessed day!
Wow. This is New Year’s Eve. The last post I will ever write in 2018. 😨 Can you believe it? So much has changed! This year has been wildly amazing and Next Year promises to be just as amazing.💚
On the Blog in 2018, I:
// Wrote at least 1 post every month! (That’s a feat! I missed 4 months in 2017!)
// I wrote 67 posts this year! Here’s the break-down:
January 6 February 1 March 1 April 2
May 7 June 6 July 7 August 5
September 9 October 6 November 9 December 15
That means I’ve written 104 posts in three years. WOW! ☺
// Published my third book in my Battle for Heritage Series! 📘
// Started a subscription to my blog!
// Participated in 4 book releases! (Counting my own 😉)
// Started doing blog tags!
// And participated in blog events!
I started a writing series and finished it. I asked for feedback from my subscribers and got a response! It’s been an amazing journey and I treasure each of you for joining me!
And now, let’s get into our monthly Wrap-Up!
We had a more relaxed month, as it is harder to get meetings in December, but we were able to visit several of our supporting churches and give them updates on our ministry! ⛪ Plus, we were able to put on a Christmas play for the church I grew up in. We did Christmas on the Air by Majesty Music and we had so much fun! I was Joanne/Sheep, lol! 🐑 Loved my part 😉
This month was kinda crazy! We had the Country Christmas Train event, where I give tours of a Civil War Plantation House, give out FBN information, and sell my books! 🚆🚂 📚 It’s so awesome getting to meet people and tell them about my stories! Of course, we celebrated Christmas and got to gather with both sides of the family! 🎄❄My sisters came down and we all had a blast! The last of them are leaving today ☹
I am still working on A Song of Home, but I am very pleased with how much it has changed this year! It’s actually turning into a story! I am getting somewhere!🖋💻
Well, as can be expected, most of these books are Christmas books. 😉 Lets see how many I actually read this month…
1.Unto Him by Rebekah Morris 5 Stars
This was an adorable story written from a little boy’s perspective. It teaches about the spirit of Giving and how when we give to the least of these, it’s just as if you have giving to God. The only thing I wasn’t too crazy over was the fact that this family said they were having Christmas since they couldn’t afford gifts. The main family didn’t present that, but I do think there should have been a more clarification that Christmas isn’t about the gifts.
2. Red Boots by Kate Willis 4 Stars
This one was so cute! I really enjoyed it, but I do think it needed to be a little longer. Again, it focused on the spirit of giving, which was a nice theme! And who doesn’t like red boots?
3.Christmas Delays by Rebekah Morris 5 Stars
You can read my full review here, but this book is just so sweet! Read it, even if Christmas is over!
4.Strange but True Civil War Stories by Nancy Clayton 3 Stars
Okay, so I gave this one 3 stars because I would have marked a couple of stories if it were my book, but otherwise, it would have gotten a 5 star review! I loved this book so much! Aside from the three stories (I’m pretty sure it was just three…) I think this book would be a great read aloud for children of all ages. It tells stories from both sides of the war and steers away from why the war was fault, making it easy to enjoy all the stories no matter who you agreed with! If you want to read it but want to know about the questionable content first, please contact us and we will be glad to inform you 😊
5.Christmas Quilts by Rebekah Morris 4 Stars
This book was adorable! I loved it so much! It really had a nice cozy Christmas feel and had a sweet plot line (loved the brother/sister relationship!) The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star review was a reference to stockings and someone saying “Ho Ho Ho.” Nothing personal if that doesn’t bother you, it’s just something I don’t prefer, lol! And I loved how she intertwined a little know Christmas song through the story! So good!
6.His Law is Love by Rebekah Morris 4 Stars
Another good one! And I promise, I didn’t just read Ms. Morris this month! I just happened to have a lot of her books on my TBR, lol! This book gently dealt with prejudice against Indians in the old west. Having some Indian in my blood, it hit home for me. We are all made in the image of God and the color of your skin doesn’t change that. That is the message of this story. And the 26 Rangers! AHHHHHHHHH! I’ve got to read more about these guys!
7.The Land of Cotton by…Me!
No, I will not rate my own book, lol! But yes, I finally got through the reread. Why is it so hard to read your own writing! I keep questioning why I wrote this or why I decided to go that direction with the story, lol! Please tell me I’m not the writer who feels this way…
8. Left to Die by Ivy (Hailey) Rose 4 Stars
This book y'all. My heart was so sad and happy and oh! I was in an emotional turmoil! This book so vividly shows the orphan situation in China and it's so heartbreaking! The two reasons this book lost a star was because the scriptures were not King James and there was some mild romance. It was a little more than I prefer, but not the worst I have accidentally run up against ;)
9. Muslin Mystery (Patchwork Mysteries #3) by Vera Dodge 4 Stars
This is such a charming series so far! While this book had a situation that was a little intense for me, it was beautifully written and ended so wonderfully! I didn't like a few comments that seemed to say it wasn't our business to correct people on their spiritual view. While I don't think the best way to win someone is through debate, I do think it is our responsibility lovingly share the Gospel. Other than that, it was a lovely weaving of mystery and a Grandma who knows how to pray!
10. Nancy Drew Diaries: A Nancy Drew Christmas 3 Stars
This should be sold as a young adult book. There were two words that didn't belong in a children's book and the climax was way too intense. Sorry, it was marketed to the wrong group. I did enjoy a lot of the story and I hope to edit our copy to make it enjoyable for our family, but there was no sense in calling this a children's book.
11. O Come All Ye Faithful by Faith Blum 3 Stars
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, though one of them didn't quite make sense to me. I probably just read it too fast. My Favorite story was the first one, about the Christmas Truce in WWI. I like parts of the second story, but the talk about the boyfriend and the use of a different version of the Bible turned me off. I enjoyed the Christmas setting of these stories and even though I read it New Year's Eve, it made Christmas last that much longer for me!
There were three other books I read, but they weren’t my cup of tea, so, I really don’t want to mention them here. This doesn’t mean they were bad books, they just weren’t my thing. There was only one I didn’t like because of content, the other two were just hard to follow.
There was one other book that I read that I'm really not sure about yet...I feel like I need to read a little more by this author before I make a verdict on her series. There are elements I do like, but there are a few things I question.
Let’s take a look at December’s goals and see how I did…
1. Get to November with my A Song of Home Revisions YES! I’m in December!
2. Post a blog every week (Plus participate in something super fun...more on that Dec. 14th!) Check!
3. Read at least 5 books! (The Land of Cotton being one of them!) Check!
4. Make Peppermint/Chocolate cookies with my younger siblings. (These are so good, y'all!) Check, although the younger ones opted to watch, lol!
5. Finish gift wrapping. Check!
6. Read some Christmas stories to my siblings (And myself!) Unfortunately, I didn’t get to read them a Christmas story (we did read another book!) but they loved the 12 Days of Christmas in North Carolina book I gave them! And I did get to read several stories to myself, usually before everyone got up or after everyone went to bed. Our life is crazy busy y’all!
7. Take time to reflect on the Reason for the Season. No need to get too caught up in the commercialism! In spite of the busyness, I feel like I actually did take the time to reflect and enjoy the season and remove myself from commercialism! So, Check!
8. Do a Christmas craft with the little ones. Well, not a craft, but we opted to play some fun board games, listen to Patch the Pirate and just hang out, which was nice!
January…the new year! Here are my goals to start off 2019…
And here are your writing prompts of the month!
One last thing. I want to make sure everyone understands that even though I post articles from time to time about the War Between the States, from Southern perspective, I am by no means trying to make people uncomfortable, divide and conquer, or trying to force you to believe the way I do on the subject. (If you would like more information on why I support the South, you can see this post.) It has never been my intent to hurt anyones feelings and if I have, I am so sorry! I have many friends in both the North and South, and I actually have quite a large readership in the North! It is not my desire to make anyone uncomfortable, but rather proud of the Heritage God has given them! Thank you so much, subscriber, for bringing this to my attention! Please know that any posts on the subject in the future are based on my personal research and are not meant to hurt anyone. I, likewise, will try to be more careful in the way I present my information henceforth!
That pretty much wraps up this post…my last post of 2018…*sobs*
See you on the other side of 2019!
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