Chesapeake Beach, MD –
The Fifth annual Stars and Stripes Festival in Chesapeake Beach was a time to focus on the American Civil War. Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl called the conflict the event that “defined our country.”

On Sunday, May 29 the town hosted Family Fun Day at Kellam Field, blending activities and demonstrations, stage performances and visits with several Mid-Atlantic Region authors. Pennsylvania resident Bruce E. Mowday, who has written books on such diverse topics and baseball and business, was one of the spotlighted authors, on-hand to specifically talk about his book “Pickett’s Charge, The Untold Story.” Mowday told The BayNet his interest in the Civil War and journalism was sparked during boyhood since his grandmother had saved clippings of newspaper reports. The articles had been written by Mowday’s great, great grandfather back in the 1860s for a New York newspaper. For his thesis on Pickett’s Charge, Mowday did extensive research in Gettysburg, PA.

Another author and historian, Michael W. Kauffman, who has penned “American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies,” took to the venue stage to tell the audience about the events leading up to the post-war assassination of President Lincoln.

Highlighting the day’s entertainment was a performance by the Twin Beach Players of the third act of Tom Taylor’s “Our American Cousin.”

An Abraham Lincoln “tribute artist” was also on hand to tell the story of the U.S.A.’s 16th president. Dr. Duke Thompson used both the spoken word and songs in his presentation.

In addition to local vendors, participants in the Family Fun Day included members of Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206.

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