Author Archives: Scott Mingus

The Confederate Controversy – my two cents

Johnny Sisson was only fifteen years old when he marched off to war as a drummer boy for Company I, 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He had twice run away, once from his guardian uncle in Tuscarawas County and once from … Continue reading

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James Garfield and the Civil War is topic of York CWRT on May 17

On May 17, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming Civil War historian and author Daniel J. Vermilya to our meeting for his presentation “From Battlefield to the Whitehouse: James Garfield.” The … Continue reading

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The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts During the Civil War

When one thinks of the term “guerilla warfare” in the context of the Civil War, often the mind goes immediately to William Quantrill or “Bloody Bill” Anderson, and their exploits/depredations (depending upon your personal viewpoint) in the Missouri/Kansas area. Romanticized … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss the “Lincoln Conspirators” on April 19

On April 19, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming historical reenactor and lecturer Mark D. Grim, Jr. to our meeting for his presentation on the “Imprisonment, Trial and Execution of the … Continue reading

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More on the honest Rebel surgeon and the Rudy family of Hellam Township

Back in September, I wrote a blog post about Dr. E. A. Jelks of Quitman County, Georgia, who had purchased a farm horse during Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s march from York to Wrightsville during the Gettysburg Campaign. He had … Continue reading

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Sturdy iron safes survived devastating fires along Wrightsville’s riverfront

The Odd Fellows fraternities in York County, Pennsylvania, played a role in two incidents during the Civil War. In mid-July, 1863, thousands of wounded men from the battle of Gettysburg began to arrive at York’s 2,000-bed U. S. Army General … Continue reading

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York cavalryman murdered fellow soldier after dispute

Edward Jacoby, born in York County in 1834, had been a carpenter before the Civil War. In August 1861, the 25-year-old Jacoby went to Columbia in Lancaster County and enrolled in Jackson’s Cavalry, a company of volunteers from the river … Continue reading

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Fire destroyed Wrightsville’s riverfront a year before the bridge burning repeated it

Many Cannonball readers are well aware of the June 28, 1863, destruction of the Columbia-Wrightsville covered bridge. The winds shifted and lumberyards and houses along the riverfront also caught on fire. Confederate soldiers formed a bucket brigade and passed water … Continue reading

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California poet/preacher toured York County’s Civil War sites in 1903

Since 1978, Debi and I have been members of the Church of the Nazarene, first in Painesville, Ohio, and for the past decade and a half in York, Pennsylvania. The holiness denomination traces its roots to John Wesley and the … Continue reading

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10,000+ attended dedication of Hanover’s Civil War monument, “The Picket”

At one time, an impressive equestrian statue of a Union cavalry trooper from the Civil War stood in the middle of the town square/traffic roundabout in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, in southwestern York County. Shunted off to one side during a … Continue reading

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