Gatehouse Press was founded in 2008, but its roots go back much further. In October 1969, Morningside Bookshop, founded by Robert J. Younger, issued its first catalog of Civil War books. The next year, Morningside published its first book, a reprint of Charles Loehr’s War History of the Old First Virginia Infantry Regiment. Since then, Morningside has published more than 150 books and carried, at one point, more than 2,200 Civil War books by other publishers.
In July 1989 Morningside published the first issue of The Gettysburg Magazine. Published twice a year, the magazine continued to grow until the passing of Morningside and magazine founder Bob Younger in 2006. At that time, longtime editor Andy Turner took over ownership of the magazine to keep it going. Morningside continued under the leadership of Bob’s widow Mary.
When the time came that magazine owner Turner was ready to publish a book, he needed a new name for his publishing house. Thus Gatehouse Press was born. Then in 2010 Turner took over ownership of Morningside Bookshop, joining it and the magazine back together.
We plan on keeping Morningside Books available and in print. From this point on, however, all new books will be published under the Gatehouse Press name. No new books will be published as Morningside Books. That way, every book that has the Morningside name on it was a book that was selected and published on founder Bob Younger’s watch.