Book surveys collection of Gettysburg’s war relics

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., has announced the release of the book: “J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg: A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle,” authored by Bruce E. Mowday.
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ATGLEN, Pa. – Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., has announced the release of the book: “J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg: A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle,” authored by Bruce E. Mowday.

J. Howard Wert was a recent college graduate when the armies of the North and South converged near his family’s homestead just three miles outside Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. A militia member and anti-slavery supporter, Wert acted as a guide for Union General George Meade, helping position federal troops in the fields and hills around town.

Perhaps more importantly, he collected and labeled artifacts from the battle, including a still-hot Confederate shell that almost hit him near Little Round Top. After the war, Wert resumed gathering relics of the three-day battle, many given to him by veterans of both sides, including weapons, clothing, letters, furniture, and even items related to Lincoln’s Address. Now this amazing private collection can be appreciated through more than 120 color pictures and informative text about both the items and Wert’s life.

Bruce E. Mowday is an award winning journalist and author who has written more than 15 books on history, business, sports, and true crime. He has previously written books on the Civil War on Gettysburg and Fort Delaware, and he is CEO and curator of the J. Howard Wert Gettysburg Collection.

“J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg: A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle,” 144 pages, hardcover, is available directly from the publisher for $34.99.

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