Author Archives: Scott Mingus

Efforts have continued in Congress for 125+ years to approve repayment for burnt bridge

On Sunday evening, June 28, 1863, under orders from a major general in  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania state militiamen oversaw the preparations and then the execution of a plan to destroy the mile-and-a-quarter long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville … Continue reading

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1912 newspaper article discussed York’s Civil War U.S. Army Hospital

During the Civil War, York, Pennsylvania, boasted a 2,000-bed U.S. Army Hospital with one of the lowest mortality rates of any military medical facility in the country. Less than 200 patients out of 14,000 during course of the war died … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss Lewis Miller and the American Civil War on November 19

The York Civil War Round Table will feature Daniel Roe, Director of Education at the York County Heritage Trust, as their featured speaker at the monthly meeting on November 19, 2014. Mr. Roe will present a PowerPoint talk on “Lewis … Continue reading

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Interesting new Smithsonian book & 3D viewer set: The Civil War in 3D

The Smithsonian has recently released a wonderful new set of 35 stereoscopic images of the Civil War, a sturdy metal 3D viewer, and a full color photo book by long-time military historian Michael Stephenson. Entitled Smithsonian Institution’s Civil War in … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 3

A Northern Central Railway train steams into the yard at York, Pennsylvania, in this 19th-century sketch. The NCRW was an important supply route for the Union army and navy during the American Civil War, carrying thousands of troops, as well … Continue reading

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New historical fiction novel explores Mr. & Mrs. Custer’s relationship if George had survived Little Big Horn

First, I must begin by mentioning that I am not a fan of historical fiction and do not regularly read the genre. In my limited reading time, I much prefer non-fiction. That said, many years go I bought, read, and … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 2

A jauntily clad Union cavalry stands guard over Penn Common in this detail from the York County Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Thousands of young men from the county joined the army and thousands more men and women supported … Continue reading

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York CWRT to feature author Ron Hershner on October 15

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Ronald L. Hershner at its monthly meeting on October 15, 2014.  Mr. Hershner will present a PowerPoint talk based on his book “Letters From Home: York County, Pennsylvania during the Civil … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 1

During my book signings and lectures on York County’s Civil War history, I am frequently asked questions about various topics. Most of them are straight forward and I have a ready answer; a few are trickier to answer without researching … Continue reading

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Roger Heller to discuss conscientious objectors on October 5 in York PA

Adams and York counties back during the mid-1800s were heavily pastoral. Many of the residents were of German origin, including hundreds of members of religious denominations with decided pacifist or non-interventionist ideals. An interesting and unique Civil War presentation is … Continue reading

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