A Blue and Gray Christmas (December 2011 Discussion)

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

 Joan Medlicott


 In this stunning holiday story, a cache of Civil War-era letters and diaries sweeps the ladies of Covington up into a dramatic and heartwarming historical saga that inspires them to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by war.

When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.

The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefi eld by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they’d left behind.

Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to fi nd the two soldiers’ descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men’s families in Connecticut and the Carolinas, and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet. (courtesy of Simon & Schuster)


Meet Joan Medlicott (JoanMedlicott.com)


The Author Speaks: Sharing  A Home with Friends  (AARP)

Meet the Author  (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)

Joan Medlicott (Western North Carolina Woman)

Judy Watford Interviews Author Joan Medlicott (Program #9)  (American Council of the Blind) requires Widows Media Player/other audio player (might already be installed on your computer)

Matron Lit with Joan Medlicott (Seeking Solutions with Suzanne) requires Windows Media Player/other video player (might already be installed on your computer)


Review (Romantic Times Book Reviews)

Review (Contemporary Romance Writers)

Reviews (Amazon)

Reviews  (Good Reads)

Civil War:

Civil War (National Park Service)

Civil War (CivilWar.com)

The Civil War (PBS)

The Civil War (Son of the South)

The American Civil War Homepage – Links (University of Tennessee)

Civil War 150 (Washington Post)

Ohio Civil War 150 (Ohio Historical Society)

Civil War Letters:

Letters and Diaries (eHistory.com)

Letter Writing in America: Civil War Letters (National Postal Museum)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Letters from the Civil War (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)

Letters from the American Civil War 

Diaries and Letters  (Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War)

Letters Home from the Civil War (The Civil War Archive)

Civil War Letters — Links (University of Tennessee) scroll down past Public Documents

Overall Family Civil War Letters, Gallia County   

Christmas & the Civil War:

Christmas in the American Civil War (Wikipedia)

Christmas in the Civil War (HistoryNet.com)

Christmas During the Civil War (Civil War Trust)

Civil War Christmas Traditions (C-SPAN) requires Windows Media Player/other video player (might already be installed on your computer)

Thomas Nast and His Civil War Christmas Illustrations (Seneca County, NY) .pdf format

Christmas During the Civil War (The Burgin Family)

Christmas Goose, Ham and Other Dinner Choices (Now with Figgy Pudding!) (Civil War Interactive)

Echoes in Time Theatre Presents..Christmas on the Frontline: A Civil War Soldier’s Story (Arts in Ohio)

Genealogy & Family Stories:

Collecting Family Stories (Story Arts Online)

Collecting Family Stories (Buffalo Folklore)

50 Questions for Family History Interviews (About.com)

Great Questions List (StoryCorps)

The Smithsonian Folklife & Oral History Interviewing Guide (Smithsonian)

GenWriters: Writing for Future Generations (GenWriters)

Genealogy: Getting Started (Genealogy.com)

RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees (RootsWeb)

Genealogy Learning & Guidance (About.com)

Free Genealogy Forms (Family Tree Magazine)

Free Genealogy Charts (Access Genealogy)


Genealogy Resources at Bossard (Bossard Memorial Library)

Ohio GenWeb Project

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Further Readings:

Family Stories (Buffalo Folklore)

Family History Writing Guides (GenWriters) .pdf format

Civil War (Civil War Trust)

Selected Bibliography: Civil War (PBS)

American Civil War Bibliography (Wikipedia)

Ohio Civil War Books in Print (Larry Stevens)

Suggested Books for Genealogy (Genealogy.Com)

Other books by Medlicott: Belonging: A Caribbean Love Story — The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love — The Gardens of Covington — From the Heart of Covington — The Spirit of Covington  At Home in Covington A Covington Christmas The Three Mrs. Parkers  Two Days After the Wedding — An Unexpected Family  Come Walk With Me  Promises of Change — Close to My Heart (2012).

Recommendations (NoveList & other sources): Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross — At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon — Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank — Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards — Lost Highways by Curtiss Ann Matlock — Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas — Lumby Lines by Gail R. Fraser — Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley —Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet? by Charlene Ann Baumbich —The Shop on Blossom Street  by Debbie Macomber — Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani — Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini — Candles on Bay Street by K. C. McKinnon — Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews — An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor.

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