Author Archives: Scott Mingus

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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New book on the legendary Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jonathan Jackson at the beginning of the War Between the States was a rather obscure Confederate general. A professor at the Virginia Military Academy, he had enough political connections, military training, and stature to secure a commission as a … Continue reading

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Confederate officer left receipt for taking York County farmer’s mules

As the Confederate army invaded Pennsylvania in late June 1863, foraging patrols scoured the countryside for fresh horses, mules, and supplies, often paying with Confederate script. Officers were supposed to leave a signed receipt for what their men procured. Few … Continue reading

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CSA generals’ graves in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg VA

In my previous Cannonball post, I showed photos of the grave of Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early and briefly summarized his expedition through York County, PA, during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. Early is the most notable person interred in Spring … Continue reading

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Jubal Early’s grave in Lynchburg, Virginia

For three days in late June 1863, the phrase “General Early” was quite familiar to many of the 60,000+ residents of York County, Pennsylvania. Confederate Major General Jubal Anderson Early, a vitriolic commander noted as much for his profane temper … Continue reading

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