Blue, Gray & Crimson: A Story of Civilian Courage at Gettysburg
Author: Sarah Kay Bierle
Foreword written by: Ted McCord
360 pages; historical fiction with religious themes; ages 10 +
Original Cover Artwork: Up At First Light by Cheryl Schoenberger, 2015. Used with permission. For additional works of fine art, please visit: cherylschoenberger.fineartstudioonline.com
Winner of an Honorable Mention for YA Fiction in the 2015 Southern California Book Festival
Details About The Story
“Blue, gray, and crimson,” she murmured, gazing upward. “I never thought those colors could be beautiful again.”
Though the Civil War is raging in America, fourteen-year-old Betsy Westmore and her family feel safe on their Pennsylvania farm, despite rumors of armies invading the state. But when these rumors hold more truth than originally believed, Betsy realizes her world is not as safe and peaceful as she imagined.
Distant gunshots quickly escalate to the deafening noise of artillery shells shrieking through the air as the Battle of Gettysburg unfolds near the Westmore home. With an older brother already serving in the Union army, Betsy had felt she already experienced enough of this war. Can she keep her promise to her brother with war on the doorstep?
Soon, Betsy’s safe haven is commandeered and converted into a field hospital where she and her family are forced to assist the wounded and dying soldiers. Betsy’s faith is tested by the startling circumstances. Can she still trust God in the midst of this terrifying battle and tragedy?
During the weeks and months following the battle, Betsy witnesses the aftermath of war, experiences loss, and is left with questions she cannot answer. At the end of autumn, she wonders if the important men coming to the dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery will explain the reason for the recent battle. Will Betsy find a satisfactory purpose for the events she has witnessed?
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I found this book to be a real attention getter. The characters were real to me and I was amazed at the historical details of the civilian and military life of that time in American history… ~David Powell, 2nd US Cavalry Re-enactor