#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Saga Continues….

But first my Weight Watchers report.  After two weeks of travel, I am amazed and happy to say that I LOST 2.2 pounds!  Yeehaw!  The truth is, I was getting a little careless, but now I’m fully re-committed for sure.  Ready to conquer new ground.  :)

Gettysburg was wonderful–I had planned to stay 3 full weeks, but between the invitation to Dodge City and the cruise I’m going on in early November, I was forced to shorten my visit.  This meant I didn’t get to contact some people I wanted to meet, but never fear–I’m going back in June to attend the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.  I am SO excited about this, I can barely find words–I’ve tried to sign up before, but the spaces fill up fast, and I was too late.  This year, I’m in!  It will be an intense week of indepth classes, some of which will include battlefield visits. 

While in Pennsylvania this time, I revisted all the battlefields–Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, too.  I found the tour of the Jennie Wade House, a place I didn’t get to on the last trip, incredibly moving.  Jennie Wade, as many of you know, was the only civilian killed in the ferocious battle–she was making bread for her family and the wounded soldiers surrounding her house when a stray bullet struck her.  She was killed instantly–a dreadful tragedy of course, but also a blessing.  Many of the soldiers were not so fortunate, obviously.  Prior to that fatal day, Jennie braved the proverbial hail of bullets and shells to take water to the wounded, at night as well as in broad daylight.  It was Jennie, more than any other historical figure, that caused the story I want to write to gel in my brain.  I want to write about the women, the ones who picked up the pieces, served as angels of mercy after every skirmish.  They loved and lost, these women, but most of them went on anyway, simply because they were needed.  When you meet my character, Caroline Hammond, I hope you will like and admire her as much as I already do, even in these very early stages.

On a more mundane note, Gettysburg is an excellent place to shop.  :)  My absolute favorite is a place called Gallery 30, where I purchased, among other things, a wonderful Pennsylvania Dutch floorcloth, a reversible faux-fur vest, and a delightful print illustrating the old song that includes the words, “Bless the beasts and the children.”  There is also a nice outlet mall near Gettysburg, and I went crazy in the Chico’s store there.  (Jen says if she ever writes a memoir, the title will be, “The Devil Wears Chico’s”.  :) )  I also purchased three prints of artist Dale Gallon’s work.  They’re amazing, and once they’re up on the wall, I’ll post photos. 

I spent time with good friends, Sandy Pennesse and Janet Wahl–they treated us to lunch at the historic Farnsworth House–but missed seeing Gary and Marsha Roche.  Gary is the BEST battlefield guide you can imagine.  Anyway, it was the off-season for the Roches, and they live elsewhere except in the summer, but you can bet I’ll be getting together with them during the June visit.

We closed the visit with a grand dinner at the Cashtown Inn, which is right up there with Dobbin House and the Farnsworth House when it comes to great places to eat. 

I can’t wait to go back to my favorite town in Pennsylvania.

29 comments to “The Saga Continues….”

  1. pat Dennis
      · October 14th, 2015 at 5:05 pm · Link

    What a wonderful journey! Enjoy!

  2. Alison
      · October 14th, 2015 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great trip! I love to do the historical tours & stuff on vacations. Unfortunately the hubby & son do not. I guess I will live vicariously thru you!

  3. midge watkins
      · October 14th, 2015 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Listening to you, it makes me feel as if I’m there, too. I have
    this idea that I think high school students would like history a
    lot more if part of the curriculum included reading a historical
    novel. I know I wasn’t that excited about it until years later
    when I started reading them. Now I’m fascinated about some
    of the eras in our history. Keep up the great stories and travel

  4. Pamela Devereux
      · October 14th, 2015 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I love the Devil Wears Chico’s. I can’t wait to read this new book. The women of that time period had to be so strong.

  5. Virginia H
      · October 14th, 2015 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I am so glad you had a wonderful trip, I would love to visit these places sometime. I know I never will but its nice just hearing about them.

  6. Linda Solcich
      · October 14th, 2015 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Man, you had a full plate. Happy you got to enjoy some time traveling

  7. Jo-Ann Baker
      · October 14th, 2015 at 6:19 pm · Link

    Sounds like your having lots of fun and very busy while your doing it. I got a chance to go to Myrtle Beach on the first of the month only thing it rained 5 days out of 7 . lol But it was at the beach an I did get to walk on it a few times between rain.
    Have a great day!

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · October 14th, 2015 at 6:52 pm · Link

    Well Linda, Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!! I read your new book “Christmas In Mustang Creek” while you were gone. It was a really good book.

  9. Diane Sallans
      · October 14th, 2015 at 6:55 pm · Link

    there’s a palpable feeling around Gettysburg – looking forward to your book

  10. Roberta Giordano
      · October 14th, 2015 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time. The book sounds really interesting can’t wait for it

  11. Kathryn Smith
      · October 14th, 2015 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Going back to your Gunsmoke fun, I had a huge crush on Bruce too. I dated a guy that looked a little like him.
    Pennsylvania… My ex had family there. We went to visit them after we married. They too Ok us everywhere, including Gettysburg. I remember Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. I made it about halfway up….not so little! LOL.

  12. Rita Crofoot
      · October 14th, 2015 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Thanks for bring us along, great trip.

  13. Laura McCarty
      · October 14th, 2015 at 8:33 pm · Link

    I have always been so very fascinated with Jenny Wade’s story! I always look forward to your new stories, but I think this may make me the most anxious! :)

  14. Leanna
      · October 14th, 2015 at 9:01 pm · Link

    Good job on staying on track with Weight Watchers!

  15. Teresa Woodby
      · October 14th, 2015 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Glad you enjoyed. Its always interesting to learn new stuff.

  16. Gloria
      · October 14th, 2015 at 9:20 pm · Link

    I agree with Midge Watkins. When I was I school, I really didn’t know what history, or geography, was all about. When I started reading, I figured it out.

    I’m glad you enjoyed everything on your trip, and that you get some rest before your cruise.

    Take care.

    • Gloria
        · October 14th, 2015 at 9:20 pm · Link

      PS Congratulations on your weight loss!!!!!!!!

  17. Marge Dominic
      · October 14th, 2015 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the WW lost. You stayed true to WW even with all the great opportunities you had to go astray. Sounds like you had a great time with friends and great sights in Gettesburg. Looking forward to reading about your new character.

  18. Melaine
      · October 15th, 2015 at 12:50 am · Link

    Great travels, great memories, and more for you to look forward to!

  19. Wanda beach
      · October 15th, 2015 at 5:14 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a very interesting visit, I can’t wait for your experience to unfold in your on adventures from the brave women of this era. I am fascinated with the Civil War and love to visit the military park in Historic Vicksburg Ms. :lol:

  20. Teresa W
      · October 15th, 2015 at 8:27 am · Link

    Welcome home !

  21. Ann Bartholomew
      · October 15th, 2015 at 9:25 am · Link

    Can’t wait to meet Caroline in your upcoming book. I love the name – My daughter’s name is Karoline.

  22. Roz Goodenough
      · October 15th, 2015 at 9:40 am · Link

    I love hearing about your travels! I won’t ever get there but can ‘visit’ thru your words. Thank you!

  23. Lisa Murray
      · October 15th, 2015 at 10:19 am · Link

    Glad you had a good time

  24. Carol
      · October 15th, 2015 at 10:27 am · Link

    Caroline Hammond sounds like a wonderful character :)

  25. Bren
      · October 15th, 2015 at 10:57 am · Link

    It sounds like you had a wonderful visit! I saw your blog of your the Dodge city weekend. I watched Gunsmoke as a child. I never realized that Jess Walton from Young and Restless appeared on an episode. It was nice to see Bruce Boxleitner, Buck Taylor and a stand in for James Arness which I never knew that he had. Thanks for sharing those with us Linda.

  26. diane wade
      · October 16th, 2015 at 10:06 am · Link

    I can’t wait for these new books. the civil war time period are my favorite reads along with settling the west.

  27. Valdi M
      · October 17th, 2015 at 2:08 am · Link

    A few pounds would have been a small price to pay.

  28. Eriko
      · October 19th, 2015 at 9:24 am · Link

    Congratulations on losing weight while you were traveling! BRAVO! I know every pound mass a huge difference. I love your posts, especially this one since I have never been to Gettysburg. You should be nominated to be their official Tour guide. Thank you for taking the time to write us all!

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