Tag Archives: William “Extra Billy” Smith

“Extra Billy” Smith is the subject at the York CWRT on Oct. 18

More than 11,000 Confederate soldiers marched or rode through York County, Pennsylvania, during the week before the battle of Gettysburg. Perhaps none was as colorful, or controversial, as Brigadier General William “Extra Billy” Smith. Today, few Civil War buffs know … Continue reading

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Extra Billy’s boys devastated North York farm

Today, thousands of motorists travel through the intersection of U.S. Route 30 (Loucks Road) and N. George Street in North York and Manchester Township, York County, PA. Few, if any, are aware that back in late June 1863, during the … Continue reading

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Fine new book on the 31st Virginia, “Hoffman’s Army” was part of Rebel force that occupied York PA

As the biographer of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith, I have long been interested in the 31st Virginia, a regiment in Smith’s brigade during the early part of 1863 and during the Gettysburg Campaign. Its long-time leader, Colonel John … Continue reading

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One-tank road trips: Orange County, Virginia

Orange County is located in a beautiful pastoral Piedmont region of central Virginia. Perhaps the best-known tourist attraction is Montpelier, the 2,700-acre estate and mansion of President James Madison, who played a large role in the creation of the United … Continue reading

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Savas Beatie Title Wins Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award

El Dorado Hills, CA January 16, 2014 – Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. was selected as the 2013 winner of the Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award. The … Continue reading

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“Extra Billy” Smith to appear at York Civil War Round Table on Oct. 16

Living historian Ed LeFevre will appear at the October 16, 2013, monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table in York, Pa. He portrays Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith, the oldest general officer at the Battle of Gettysburg … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond VA

I was honored to receive an invitation to hold the national debut of my new book on Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat at the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond, Va. Two of General … Continue reading

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One-tank trips – Warrenton, Virginia

Historic Warrenton is a quaint place in Northern Virginia which retains much of its small town charm. Among the more popular stops for a history buff is the Old Jail Museum, the home of the Fauquier Historical Society located at … Continue reading

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New book on Confederate general who invaded York in June 1863

William “Extra Billy” Smith, the oldest and one of the most controversial Confederate generals on the field at Gettysburg, was also one of the most colorful and charismatic characters of the Civil War and the antebellum Old South. Despite a … Continue reading

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Diary entries from a Confederate soldier occupying York, Pa.

In my research for an upcoming book on the Second Battle of Winchester, I found the diary entries of James Edmond Hall, a Confederate soldier in the 31st Virginia’s “Liberty Rifles.” He was a member of the brigade of Brig. … Continue reading

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