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"The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865"

  • Date: 01/26/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Historic Blenheim
    3610 Old Lee Highway
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • Introduction: Author Janet Croom will present her edited diaries of a young teenage boy who wrote thoughtful and wistful observances of the changing world in Macon, Georgia, from 1860-1865, as he battled his own deteriorating health. Book sales and signings will follow the presentation.

LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family.  After a horrific leg injury at age 12 he began keeping a diary in 1860 just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country apart.  LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family.  After a horrific leg injury at age 12 he began keeping a diary in 1860 just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country apart.  He wrote even as his health deteriorated past the end of the war. He died in 1865.  The diary is published for the first time and editor Janet Croom captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of the South and a crumbling way of life even as his own as his body fails him.  Book sales and signings will be offered after the presentation.

Free program 703.591.0560

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