Gettysburg Heritage Center hosts artist Karl J. Kuerner and author Bruce E. Mowday on July 3

Emotional Gettysburg


“Mr. Mowday, I just read Emotional Gettysburg cover to cover. There are thousands of books about Gettysburg, some are all text, and some have photos. Photos rarely capture emotion. Karl’s paintings bring emotion and detail so much that I could feel the moment, smell the air and hear the sounds. Congratulations on creating a truly new vision of Gettysburg.” 

Renowned artist Karl J. Kuerner and author Bruce E. Mowday will be giving a presentation on their book Emotional Gettysburg at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, on Sunday, August 3, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

“This book is all about emotions,” said renowned artist Karl J. Kuerner. “The strong feelings emanating from the hallowed ground of Gettysburg is the foundation of this book. Few places exist in the world emit the sensitive energy that is found at Gettysburg.”

The book combines today’s rich landscapes with the Pennsylvania town’s Civil War history.

Kuerner created 20 original paintings of Gettysburg combining today’s peaceful existence with the history of the pivotal battle of the American Civil War. Kuerner, who lives in Chadds Ford, PA, is the only artist to be personally tutored by the two members of the famous Wyeth family of artists, Andrew and Carolyn Wyeth, the children of world class artist and book illustrator N. C. Wyeth.

Kuerner enlisted award-winning reporter and author Mowday of West Chester, PA, to write essays combining the history of the battle that preserved the United States with the painter’s impressions of Gettysburg today and in 1863. Mowday has authored more than 20 books, including three other books on the Civil War and two others centered on Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story and J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg.

One reader said she would never look at Gettysburg the same after reading Emotional Gettysburg. Other comments:

“Thoroughly appreciating Emotional Gettysburg. It places you there with sadness over so many hopeful, dedicated, young lives snuffed out in a moment, forever gone, with the whisper of a bullet.”

“Kudos to both of you for creating an emotional treasure.”