Author Archives: Scott Mingus

Lincoln’s Last Speech is subject of new book

It was a rainy, misty mid-April night in the capital city. Crowds throughout Washington DC were celebrating the recent surrender of the leading Confederate army and its legendary leader Robert E. Lee, an event which finally signaled the impending end … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania soldier’s Civil War letters come to light

Oney Foster Sweet was a native of rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. While still a teenager, he enrolled in the Union army in the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery (43rd Pennsylvania Volunteers), Battery F. Popularly known as “Ricketts’ Battery” for its commander … Continue reading

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The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man who Killed John Wilkes Booth

April 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. As such, several new books are now in print remembering various aspects of the tragedy. Among them is The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, … Continue reading

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York County soldier was at Appomattox; saw General Lee

Thousands of men from York County served in the Union army (and a handful in the Confederate army) during the American Civil War. Only a handful, however, ever recorded seeing legendary Confederate General Robert E. Lee in person. One hundred … Continue reading

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New booklet on JEB Stuart’s Ride through York County

A couple of years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts (the “In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart” series) on the damage claims York County farmers filed after the Civil War for horses, supplies, and personal goods taken by … Continue reading

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New booklet from author Cooper Wingert

Popular Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, author Cooper H. Wingert has self-published a small, but interesting booklet with several never-before-published letters from Civil War soldiers from the Cumberland Valley region of Pennsylvania. He has also included a few scarcely known newspaper clippings … Continue reading

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26th Annual Civil War Reenactment at Neshaminy State Park

The 26th annual Civil War Re-enactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015 at Neshaminy State Park, located on 3401 State Road in Bensalem, PA, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Admission is free. This event is the … Continue reading

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“Kindly Friend Willis” was conductor on the Underground Railroad

According to the Library of Congress, the Willis House is the most pretentious and academically correct example of eighteenth century English domestic architecture in York County. The builder, William Willis, was a Quaker farmer and mason who built the York … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse

Actors portraying Lee and Grant in the McLean House during the making of the park’s new film (to be released for the 150th in April, 2015). Aperture Films The sesquicentennial at the Park will be centered around real time commemorative … Continue reading

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Railroad traveler liked York, but not Wrightsville

A traveler calling himself “P.M.” visiting Baltimore in the early winter of 1850 sent back a letter to the editor, Ephraim Cowan, of the Warren (Pa.) Mail. He took a train most of the way, including the Pennsylvania Railroad from … Continue reading

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