The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham 1860-1865 Edited and annotated with meticulous care by Janet Croon these rare documents capture the spirit and character of a young privileged Macon, Georgia teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body is slowly failing him. Educated, inquisitive, perceptive, and exceptionally witty, the 12-year-old began keeping a journal in 1860-just before secession and Civil War tore 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 view of a waning age, archived in the Library of Congress, is published here for the first time and available to the public. Doors open at 1:30pm, Janet Croon’s presentation begins at 2pm followed by a book signing. This event is part of the Edgar B. Hollis Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation.