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87th Pennsylvania at Second Winchester is topic of York CWRT meeting on June 15

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Two soldiers of the 87th Pennsylvania posed for a photographer in York, Pennsylvania, early in the Civil War (Joseph Shane collection). The 87th Pennsylvania was primarily raised in York and Adams counties in the fall of 1861 and assigned to guard railroad bridges in Maryland. Late in 1862, they marched to Winchester, Virginia, where they were a part of Maj. Gen. Robert H. Milroy’s division of the Union Eighth Corps. For many of the men, the third week of June, 1863, would be among the most memorable days of their lives. For some unfortunate soldiers, including young drummer Daniel Karnes of New Oxford, those would be their final days.

Come join multiple award-winning Civil War author and blogger Scott Mingus as he presents a PowerPoint presentation on “The 87th Pennsylvania at Second Winchester” at the monthly meeting at the York Civil War Round Table on Wednesday evening, June 15, at 7:00 p.m. The venue is the history museum of the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street (the historic old Lincoln Highway) in York. Admission and on-street parking are FREE. The public is welcome; simply show up. No reservations are required. Scott will have copies of his latest book, The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory That Opened the Door to Gettysburg, for sale and signing.

As a bonus, Chris Buckingham will have on display many of his photographs he has collected over the years of the men of the  87th Pennsylvania. See the faces of some of the soldiers who saw their first combat experience at the Second Battle of Winchester.

Colorized cover art by Wheaton, Illinois-based graphic designer Ivor Janci.
Colorized cover art by Wheaton, Illinois-based graphic designer Ivor Janci.

The 87th Pennsylvania marched into Winchester with more than 750 men and officers in its ranks. By noon on June 15, 1863, more than 40% of them would be casualties, many of them prisoners of war. For several of these POWS, their destination would be the notorious Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia. Several would die there. Eleven men of the 87th would perish at Second Winchester; another 21 were wounded. Accounts vary, but almost 300 men would be declared as missing; most were taken captive in Milroy’s belated and ill-fated attempt to break out of the Rebel encirclement in fighting at Carter’s Woods on the 15th.

Scott’s new book, co-written with Eric J. Wittenberg, is likely to be the definitive account of the long-ignored and often overlooked Second Battle of Winchester, a crushing Union defeat that opened the door for the invasion of Pennsylvania that culminated in the battle of Gettysburg in early July.

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Scott Mingus is a scientist and executive in the paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps.

The York, Pa., resident has written eighteen Civil War books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith was nominate for or won multiple awards, including the Dr. James I Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize. He also wrote several articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County Heritage Trust for his contributions to local Civil War history.

He also has written six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to the hobby’s prestigious Legion of Honor. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy in the 51st Ohio Infantry, and other family members fought in the Army of the Potomac at Antietam and Gettysburg. He is a direct descendant of Pvt. Moses Mingus, 1st New York Infantry, American Revolutionary War.