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About the Author

Scott Mingus is the author of the Cannonball blog about York County Civil War history.

Scott Mingus is a scientist and consultant in the global pulp and paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. He has written 19 Civil War and Underground Railroad books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won multiple awards, including the Dr. James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History. He has also written several articles for Gettysburg Magazine, as well as for various historical journals.

Scott and his wife, Debi, live in York, Pa., and for more than a decade, he was written this blog, Cannonball, on the Civil War history of York County. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer and rifleman in the 51st Ohio Infantry under General George “Pap” Thomas, and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia.

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