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J. HowardWert’s Gettysburg:
A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle
Bruce E. Mowday & G. Craig Caba
• 120 photos document family’s private cache of artifacts from Civil War
battlefield and town
• Relics from soldiers and civilians include arms, clothing, jewelry, books,
letters, and more
• Wert was detained while scouting Confederate positions, but escaped before
battle broke out
J. HowardWert was a recent college graduate when the armies of theNorth and
South converged near his family’s homestead just threemiles outsideGettysburg
in the summer of 1863. Amilitiamember 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,
includingweapons, clothing, letters, furniture, and even items related toLincoln’s
Address. Now this amazing private collection can be appreciated throughmore
than 120 color pictures and informative text about both the items andWert’s life.
Bruce E. Mowday
is an award-winning journalist who has written more
than 15 books.
G. Craig Caba
is a charter member and past president
of the Harrisburg Civil War Roundtable and Gettysburg Battlefield Park
Associates and author.
Size: 9 1/8" × 8 1/8" • 127 color photographs • 144 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5391-8 • hard cover • $34.99
other books you may enjoy!
Artifacts of the Battle of
Little Big Horn: Custer, the
7th Cavalry & the Lakota
and Cheyenne Warriors,
978-0-7643-5147-1, $49.99
• Firestorm at Gettysburg:
Civilian Voices
June-November 1863,
978-0-7643-0618-1, $39.95
• Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo
Soldiers in the Frontier Army,
978-0-7643-5079-5, $39.99
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