Popular authors Scott Mingus and Jim McClure, in conjunction with the York Daily Record/Sunday News, York County Heritage Trust and Pennsylvania Civil War 150, have just published Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion and the Gettysburg Campaign. They used letters, diaries, oral histories and newspaper accounts to tell the stories of York County area Civil War soldiers and civilians, of their experiences on the battlefield and here at home during the Confederate invasion. The book is now available at York County Heritage Trust Museum Shops at 250 East Market St. and at 217 West Princess St.
Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a scientist and executive in the paper and printing industry, as well as the author of several books and magazine articles on the Civil War, including some that deal primarily with York County during the Gettysburg Campaign.
James McClure, author of East of Gettysburg, earned a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg. His research at Penn State focused on York County journalism history. He is the author of Never to be Forgotten, Nine Months in York Town and Almost Forgotten.
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The Gettysburg Campaign has been examined in minute detail from nearly every aspect but one: the key role played by Richard Ewell’s Second Corps during the final days in June. Scott Mingus’s Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River, June 1863 is the first in-depth study of these crucial summer days that not only shaped the course of the Gettysburg Campaign, but altered the course of our nation’s history.
Previous works on Confederate brigadier general Harry T. Hays’s First Louisiana Brigade–better known as the “Louisiana Tigers”–have tended to focus on just one day of the Tigers’ service–their role in attacking East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863–and have touched only lightly on the brigade’s role at the Second Battle of Winchester, an important prelude to Gettysburg. In this commanding study, Scott L. Mingus, Sr., offers the first significant detailed exploration of the Louisiana Tigers during the entirety of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign.
East of Gettysburg by James McClure takes a look at events in York County during the Civil War.
James McClure, author of East of Gettysburg, examines this question: Should York’s leaders have surrendered to the invading Confederates in late June 1863? That decision in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg became controversial the moment it was made, and the debate continues to this day. Framing the debate: Surrender or not?