Synopses & Reviews
The children of the 19th century were no different than today's kids. Theylooked forward to summer, the end of the school year, playing with theirfriends, and enjoying the pleasant weather. However, it wasn't all fun;most still had their daily chores to do, just as they did during the rest ofthe year. For some, they even had more to do, because living in Gettysburgmeant that there was a good chance they were from a family which hadeither a farm or an orchard.In 1863, America's Civil War between the Northern and Southern stateswas in its third year. Most of the fighting was taking place in the south, soGettysburg and its 2400 residents were spared the devastation which camealong with the battles. They were truly aware of the ongoing war. Many fathers, sons, and brothers answered the call when President Abraham Lincolnasked the Northern states, as he did of Pennsylvania, to supportthe Union cause.For the children of Gettysburg, the summer of 1863 would not be their normalsummer. Since the war began, there were always rumors that the Confederateswere coming Now it was no longer a rumor, they were actuallycoming. Young Willie and his sister Marie couldn't really understand thewar and thought that these arriving strangers would bring some excitementto their quiet little town. For others, such as Jennie Wade andTillie Pierce, they could do without it.Johhny Ryerson, a young boy from Virginia would be forced to look at thewar from the other side. He too would like to enjoy a summer of fun, butthat was something he had never experienced. Now due to a series of unusualcircumstances, it looked unlikely that he ever would. There is onething that these children and others have in common, it would indeed betheir Unforgettable Summer.