Manchester Township author and historian Scott L. Mingus, Sr. will be the featured guest speaker at the March 18, 2009, meeting of the York Civil War Round Table. The meeting is FREE and open to the public, so everyone is welcome! It is at 7:00 PM at the York County Heritage Trust’s auditorium at 250 E. Market Street in York (the historic Lincoln Highway).
One of the most strategically important parts of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign today is virtually unknown to the modern battlefield tramper. In late June, Confederate Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon led a vital expedition through south-central Pennsylvania with a goal of seizing the mile-long Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge over the Susquehanna River. Along the way, Gordon had to deal with hastily recruited and barely trained state emergency militia whose mission was to delay the Rebels for as long as possible and then deny them the use of the river crossing.
This CWRT talk offers the most detailed examination of Gordon’s mission. Subjects include the first fighting at Gettysburg (a series of skirmishes on June 26), the cavalry raid on Hanover Junction, Gordon’s triumphal Sunday parade through York, and the skirmish at Wrightsville that doomed the Gordon expedition to failure.
Mr. Mingus will be selling and signing copies of his latest two books, Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Gordon Expedition, June 1863 and Gettysburg Glimpses: True Stories from the Battlefield. Both books will be $5 off the retail cover price for CWRT attendees.