Monthly Archives: February 2010

He came to York County PA: Rufus Peck, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, CSA

Private Rufus H. Peck, Company C, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, CSA More than 11,000 Confederate soldiers invaded York County, Pennsylvania, during the Gettysburg Campaign. Few left written records of their time in the county; less than a hundred primary accounts are … Continue reading

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Black History Month: The Columbia Company

Black soldiers of the U.S. Colored Troops are shown posing in firing positions near Dutch Gap in Northern Virginia in this Library of Congress image. Many of the men in the volunteer Columbia Company later signed up for the USCT. … Continue reading

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York doctor created controversy during Confederate occupation

Headstone marking the graves of Dr. Charles M. Nes of York, PA and his wife Caroline in Prospect Hill Cemetery off of N. George Street. Dr. Charles Martin Nes was a member of one of the more prominent families of … Continue reading

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Black History Month: David Thompson, Co. B, 22nd U.S. Colored Troops

David Thompson of Hanover, Pennsylvania, was one of scores of free blacks from the York County region to serve in the Union army during the American Civil War. He served in the 22nd United States Colored Troops in several engagements … Continue reading

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Black history month: William C. Goodridge

A free black man named William C. Goodridge was one of the leading businessmen in mid-18th century York, Pennsylvania, as the Civil War approached. He owned a large mercantile establishment on York’s Center Square, providing a comfortable living for his … Continue reading

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Wargaming convention in Lancaster to feature York County gaming clubs

Photograph of Scott L. Mingus, Sr.’s 15mm scale Civil War miniature wargaming layout at a recent gaming session at the Department of the Susquehanna’s wargaming room in Harrisburg this past Saturday. The hobby of miniature wargaming involves recreating actual historical … Continue reading

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22nd New York State Militia robs Newberry Township farmer

“Rich York County farmland.” Marion Post Wolcott photograph from the 1930s; courtesy of the Library of Congress. During the Gettysburg Campaign, nearly 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through York County, Pennsylvania. They left a vast trail of misery in … Continue reading

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2010 Speaking Schedule and Personal Appearances

Civil War author, tour guide, and speaker Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a resident of Manchester Township near York, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Curt Daniels of Gettysburg PA. I have been privileged with the recent release of The Louisiana Tigers … Continue reading

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Landmark York County farm was robbed by Rebels in 1863

The historic Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education is a well known landmark in Hellam Township in eastern York County, Pennsylvania, along U.S. Route 30. Donated to the county in 1981 by the David E. Horn family, the farm has … Continue reading

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Civil War newsman “Horace Greeley” to appear at York CWRT meeting

Living historian Cal Doucette will discuss New York City newsman Horace Greeley in a special appearance at the February 17, 2010, meeting of the York, Pennsylvania, Civil War Round Table. Weather and Parking Permitting due to forecasted snow – The … Continue reading

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