Author Archives: Scott Mingus

155 years ago today – York County regiment “saw the elephant”

Bullets flew hot and thick on the morning of September 17, 1862, in the fields outside of Sharpsburg, Maryland. All across the acrid, smoky battlefield, many men — including scores from York County, Pennsylvania — shrieked in pain, cried out … Continue reading

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York CWRT to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing Gen. Farnsworth’s Fatal Charge on Sept. 20

Press Release from the York Civil War Round Table: On September 20, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table, in its 20th Anniversary Year, in welcoming the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. as he returns for … Continue reading

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“Inferior in every particular”: Newsman visited Camp Scott in York

Shortly after the beginning of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. Training camps soon sprang up across the North, including Camp Scott at the York Fairgrounds (at the intersection of King … Continue reading

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“Charming in every degree”: York impressed Altoona soldiers — Part 2

In my last post, we looked at a description of York from a soldier, A.J.G., in the 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry. He and his comrades from Altoona, Pa., occupied various homes and hotels in York before being congregated at Camp Scott … Continue reading

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“Charming in every degree”: York impressed Altoona soldiers — Part 1

Within weeks of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in mid-April 1861, the U. S. army established a military training camp in York, Pennsylvania, calling it Camp Scott in honor of the army’s commanding general-in-chief, Winfield Scott. Situated on the … Continue reading

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York soldier deserted after being reported as killed in railroad accident

Railroad travel in the 19th century at times could be risky at times. Poor track conditions such as broken or loose rails could cause a train to derail. Excessive speed, poor weather conditions, two trains on the same track headed … Continue reading

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“Wounded Houses, Shattered Lives” at Gettysburg is topic of York CWRT on August 16

Press Release from Kathy Friel of the York Civil War Round Table: On August 16, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming author Linda Clark to our meeting for her PowerPoint presentation … Continue reading

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New book covers the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad in the Civil War

Railroad travelers from Harrisburg or York, Pennsylvania, to Baltimore typically took the Northern Central Railway. From Baltimore, there were convenient connections to Washington, Hagerstown and points west using the Baltimore & Ohio. Once finished with business in Baltimore, the traveler … Continue reading

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The list

Throughout the Civil War, in towns both large and small, North and South, people gathered in the town squares or near newspaper or telegraph offices to get the latest news from the front lines. Of particular interest were the reports … Continue reading

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New Osprey book on Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Osprey Publishing has for several decades been a major resource for military wargamers, dioramists, miniaturists, and other hobbyists with its battle overviews, guides to uniforms, maps, and other useful information. Over time, the company has expanded its lineup to appeal … Continue reading

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