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From The Story


This is the story of Levi, a young boy who lives in Gettysburg, PA during The Civil War. Levi’s father was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg.

Following his father’s death, Levi receives one last letter and a button from his father’s uniform. Through this last letter, we are taught the valuable lessons of patriotism and self-sacrifice. We also see the letter intertwined with Levi’s own experiences during the battle in his hometown of Gettysburg.

When Levi attends the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, he hears President Lincoln’s address to the visitors at Gettysburg and even has the opportunity to share his father’s letter with President Lincoln. This book is historical fiction and intended for a middle grade reader.

"The Civil War has been the background of many stories over the years and the bravery shown by young Levi in Last Letter To Gettysburg ranks with the best of them.  His courage will motivate readers to know they can face any tragedy and any situation, even using his courage to inspire the president of the United States of America."

-Brian Croasmun, author of The Clemente Ball

"An engaging story about a young boy's discovery of how his family's experience is woven into the fabric of American history.  Jan's story is broad in scope and narrow in its focus on a family's response to upheaval and uncertainty of a country in conflict.  It explores the costs of sacrifice on individuals and the benefits of sharing hope with others.  I really enjoyed the story."

-Linda and Dick Fonner, educators and Civil War Reenactors

About Jan

Jan was born in Texas but moved to New Martinsville, West Virginia, where she went to Magnolia High School and then to West Virginia University. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in communication studies, and a master's degree in early intervention special education.

Jan owned and operated her own preschool for many years, then taught pre-kindergarten through first grade for Wetzel County Schools until retirement.

Jan has been married to Don for forty years. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. Jan is a frequent pianist and vocalist at her local church and enjoys quilting and reading!

Jan Thornton Jones holding both of her books
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