Author Archives: Scott Mingus

New book looks at the origins of the Custer legends

As a small boy, I was fascinated by stories of Civil War generals from my native Ohio. I grew up 10 miles from Phil Sheridan’s boyhood home of Somerset and some 20 miles from William T. Sherman’s home in Lancaster. … Continue reading

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76th NY soldier wounded at Gettysburg passed through York County

Following the battle of Gettysburg, scores of wounded men on their own headed for the nearest operational train stations to seek medical attention beyond what the overcrowded temporary field hospitals could provide. Among them was 28-year-old Lt. Lucien Davis of … Continue reading

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Soldier in the 27th New York complimented York County

Tens of thousands of Union soldiers passed through York County during the Civil War, with many receiving their initial training at Camp Scott on the old fairgrounds off the intersection of E. King and S. Queen streets in downtown York. … Continue reading

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National Civil War Museum Announces Fall Lecture Series

Wayne Motts has announced the lineup for the 2015 Fall Lecture Series at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, and what an impressive group of speakers he has assembled! Garry Adelman, Carl Westmoreland, Brian Jordan, and Kevin Levin — … Continue reading

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“The Lions of Gettysburg: Barksdale and the 13th Mississippi”

Dr. Christopher J. Lahr of Mississippi and several colleagues are collaborating on a new multi-media project on Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale and his brigade of Mississippi infantry regiments at the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. The fiery … Continue reading

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York CWRT to discuss “Reconstruction After the Civil War” on August 19

The York Civil War Round Table will feature Dr. Philip J. Avillo at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Continuing in the theme of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, Dr. Avillo will present “Reconstruction After the … Continue reading

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Road Trip: The Southern Museum of Locomotive and Civil War History

In affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, the Southern Museum of Civil War  and Locomotive History, according to the organization’s website, is “home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly … Continue reading

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Road Trip: Chickamauga National Battlefield Park in northern Georgia

For the first time in more than 20 years, I visited Chickamauga National Battlefield in northern Georgia. The battle was nearly a Federal fiasco. Only the steadying hand of Major General George Thomas saved the Union army from a total … Continue reading

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New Gettysburg book from Union generals’ perspective

“The Yankees had something to do with it,” Maj. Gen. George Pickett reportedly said when asked why the Army of Northern Virginia had lost the battle of Gettysburg. Author Kerry Hotaling uses that well known phrase as the title of … Continue reading

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York County Parks planning Gettysburg bus trip! Public welcome!

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Geology and History of the Gettysburg National Military Park bus trip from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Departure will be from the John Rudy … Continue reading

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