July 10, 2023
Chester County Library hosts presentation
on 160th anniversary of battle of Gettysburg
by West Chester author Bruce E. Mowday
Mowday’s Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story is in 10th printing
WEST CHESTER _ Author Bruce E. Mowday presents a talk on Three Views of Gettysburg as part of a 160th anniversary remembrance of the pivotal battle of the Civil War.
The talk at the Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, takes place on Thursday, July 20 at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested, see https://ccls.libcal.com/event/10468569.
Mowday’s three books on Gettysburg are: Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story, J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg and Emotional Gettysburg. Barricade Publishing recently released the 10th printing of the Pickett’s Charge book.
“The Civil War is an important of our nation’s history and Gettysburg is the pivotal battle of the conflict,” Mowday said. “My book on Pickett’s Charge, the first book extensively reviewing the Union defense of the famous Confederate charge, remains popular. My other two books on Gettysburg have strong connections to Chester County.” Howard Wert’s Gettysburg, about the largest private collection of Gettysburg artifacts, has items from Chester County residents, including Kennett Square’s author Bayard Taylor and his brother. Charles Taylor was killed on July 2, 1863, in the fighting at the Wheatfield. The collection contains more than a thousand articles, including the podium used by President Lincoln during his Gettysburg Address.
Emotional Gettysburg showcases the paintings of Chadds Ford artist Karl J. Kuerner. Kuerner’s artwork is accompanied by essays by Mowday. “The book is unique because it combines history and a look at the meaning of the battle,” Mowday said. “Readers have told us they will never look at Gettysburg the same way.”
Mowday will be taking part in Civil War Days on July 22 at White Chimneys, 5117 Lincoln Highway, Gap. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. He will be signing his books and talking with visitors.
Mowday’s books on Lafayette and the American Revolution battle of Brandywine will be part of the Lafayette Day celebration at Thornbury Farm, 1256 Thornbury Road, West Chester, on Saturday, July 29 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Mowday wrote the first book on the battle, September 11, 1777: Washington’s Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia, Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero and Lafayette: America’s Young Hero & Guest.”
“The Lafayette Bicentennial celebration in Chester County begins with Lafayette Day,” Mowday said. “Lafayette did so much for our freedom. We should remember him.” Mowday is chair of the American Friends of Lafayette celebration of Lafayette being a guest of the United States in 1824 and 1825.
Kuerner will join the Lafayette Day event as he is working with Mowday on Emotional Brandywine, due to be released in September. Artists Adrian Martinez, who painted Lafayette for Mowday’s Lafayette at Brandywine book, and Shay Allen, who contributed illustrations to the Lafayette young hero book, will also be at the celebration.