For the second year in a row, Savas Beatie authors will occupy the Gettysburg Heritage Center for a Civil War panel, this time with a focus on children.

This year's event will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 and wrap up at 3:30 p.m. It will kick off with hands-on activities led by area teacher Christine Ecker.

At 2 p.m., youngsters will be treated to a presentation by Gregory and Jerry Christianson on their upcoming book, Gettysburg: Kids Who Did the Impossible!

Wrapping things up, at 2:30 p.m., the Christiansons will be joined by fellow Savas Beatie author and retired teacher Janet Croon, editor and transcriber of the recently released The War Outside My Window, the diary of a Georgia boy that spans the length of the Civil War. All three authors will be featured on a panel where the children will be able to ask questions about what they experienced and learned during the day.

Kids Who Did the Impossible! is a creative, visually-captivating experience for children, young historians, and Civil War enthusiasts alike. Gettysburg was one of the most important battles of the entire Civil War, and author Gregory Christianson brings it to life through breathtaking photographs, extraordinary watercolors, and exciting true-to-life stories. This is the perfect platform for "story guides" Liam and Jaden to celebrate Gettysburg's young heroes-kids who defied age and inexperience to serve their town, country, and fellow human beings far beyond common valor.

This remarkable and wholly unique presentation has something for everyone: single-page introductions for each day of the battle and lots of "have-to-know" facts, all wrapped in a photographic essay of the Gettysburg battlefield as you've never seen before.

In The War Outside My Window, LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family in Macon, Georgia. After a horrific leg injury left him an invalid, the educated, inquisitive, perceptive, and exceptionally witty 12-year-old began keeping a diary in 1860, just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country and his world apart. He continued to write even as his health deteriorated until both the war and his life ended in 1865. His unique manuscript of the demise of the Old South, lauded by the Library of Congress as one of its premier holdings, is published here for the first time in The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865.

LeRoy read books, devoured newspapers and magazines, listened to gossip, and discussed and debated important social and military issues with his parents and others. He wrote daily for five years, putting pen to paper with a vim and tongue-in-cheek vigor that impresses even now, more than 150 years later. His practical, philosophical, and occasionally Twain-like hilarious observations cover politics and the secession movement, the long and increasingly destructive Civil War, family pets, a wide variety of hobbies and interests, and what life was like at the center of a socially prominent wealthy family in the important Confederate manufacturing center of Macon. The young scribe often voiced concern about the family's pair of plantations outside town, and recorded his interactions and relationships with "servants" Howard, Allen, Eveline, and others as he pondered the fate of human bondage and his family's declining fortunes.

The War Outside My Window, with a detailed family biographical chart, captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body slowly failed him. Just as Anne Frank has come down to us as the adolescent voice of World War II, LeRoy Gresham will now be remembered as the young voice of the Civil War South.

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