Janet El­iz­a­beth Croon at bat­tle­field

Walker County Messenger - - Worship Directory -

In part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Park Ser­vice, Eastern Na­tional would like to in­vite you to meet Janet El­iz­a­beth Croon, ed­i­tor of “The War Out­side My Win­dow: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wi­ley Gresham, 1860 – 1865”. Croon will be avail­able Satur­day, June 16, from 1– 5 p.m. in­side the Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field Visitor Cen­ter to meet with you and sign your copy of this highly an­tic­i­pated re­lease.

“The War Out­side My Win­dow”: LeRoy Wi­ley Gresham was born in 1847 to a prom­i­nent slave-hold­ing fam­ily in Macon, Ge­or­gia. At the age of eight, LeRoy se­verely in­jured his leg, which left him crip­pled. LeRoy’s mother gifted him with a blank jour­nal so that he could record his up­com­ing jour­ney to see a med­i­cal spe­cial­ist in Philadel­phia. LeRoy, then twelve years old, be­gan jour­nal­ing al­most ev­ery day. His writ­ings would be­come a pri­mary source out­lin­ing events dur­ing the Civil War in ad­di­tion to de­tail­ing per­sonal hard­ships with de­clin­ing health dur­ing his teen years.

“The War Out­side My Win­dow” is re­ally a win­dow look­ing into the thoughts and per­cep­tions of a doomed teenager who watched the Con­fed­er­acy die even as he was dy­ing him­self. In­ti­mate, ob­ser­vant, thought­ful, of­ten amus­ing, his diary of­fers a heartrend­ing por­trait of courage and re­silience by a young man robbed of his youth, one per­sonal tragedy amid the de­cline and col­lapse of the South. Pi­tiably few records sur­vived to give us an un­der­stand­ing of the in­ner world of the young in the Civil War era. LeRoy Gresham’s “Win­dow” lets in more light on the sub­ject than any other source we have.—Wil­liam C. Davis, au­thor of “In­vent­ing Loreta Ve­lasquez.”

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