Author Archives: Scott Mingus

Hanover’s “peculiar man:” Big Bill Otter

In 1885, a McSherrystown, PA, newspaper editor deemed William Arter (as he misspelled Otter) as “a peculiar man” who did “some very foolish things.” Otter, who lived in nearby Hanover from 1809 until 1821, was certainly one of the most … Continue reading

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Living historians honor York’s 87th Pennsylvania

I have long enjoyed speaking with living historians of various periods, those hobbyists who like to dress in recreations of historical uniforms or clothing and, most importantly, share a glimpse of what life might have been like for long ago … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

As the chill winds of late November swept across the northern United States in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln looked back on a momentous year, one that had likely changed the fortunes of the Union forces in the American Civil War. … Continue reading

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Is it honestly Abe?

The vast public holdings of the U. S. government include thousands of vintage photographs from the Civil War. At least six of them show Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, and are credited to the Mathew Brady studio in Washington, D.C. They were … Continue reading

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The surrender: did York really have a choice?

For more than 150 years, residents and writers have debated whether the civic leaders of York, Pennsylvania, should have surrendered their town to a Confederate general during the Gettysburg Campaign. On Saturday, June 27, 1863, Chief Burgess David Small, two … Continue reading

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York CWRT Presents the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil War Santa Claus on November 15

Press Release – York Civil War Round Table, York PA On November 15, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming Civil War living historian Kevin Rawlings portraying the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil … Continue reading

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Flower power, Gettysburg style

Each year, hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world come to Gettysburg National Military Park in south-central Pennsylvania. Most come to learn more about the Civil War’s most famous battle, to visit such well known places as … Continue reading

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Army Hospital ramped up in the summer of 1862

The spring and summer of 1862 were the bloodiest (to that date) in the history of the now-divided United States. Heretofore obscure places such as Shiloh, Kernstown, Front Royal, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Fair Oaks, and dozens more were now … Continue reading

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Mourning Customs during the Civil War period

More than 500 soldiers from York County, Pennsylvania, died in the Civil War, according to researcher Dennis W. Brandt, whose detailed database of local soldiers is available on line at the website of the York County History Center. The first … Continue reading

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RR workers in 1907 found parts of bridges Jubal Early’s cavalry burned

During the Confederate occupation of York County, Pennsylvania, from June 28 – 30, 1863, Major General Jubal A. Early’s primary goals (besides ransoming York for an exorbitant amount of cash and supplies) was to break up the Northern Central Railway … Continue reading

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