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William O'Donovan's monument to the Irish Brigade graced the cover of one of my books.

Scott Mingus to present human interest stories of the Irish in the Civil War at York CWRT March 20

Press Release, York Civil War Round Table:

The York (PA) Civil War Round Table welcomes multiple-award-winning author and lecturer Scott L. Mingus, Sr. as the speaker for the March 20, 2019, meeting. His topic will be “Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the American Civil War,” a fitting topic for the week of St. Patrick’s Day. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the York County History Center’s Museum and Library, 250 E. Market Street, York PA. There is no charge for the meeting or for parking, and the public is always welcome! Bring a friend (or two!).

Erin Go Bragh. Anglicized from the Gaelic phrase for “Ireland Forever.” In the mid-19th century, the slogan was particularly popular among many Irish immigrants who had moved to the United States for political or personal reasons. Many still maintained their strong familial, social, and often nationalistic ties to the old Emerald Isle. Tens of thousands of Irish-born men (and a handful of women) and an even larger number of Irish and Scots-Irish descendants fought in the Civil War. Sons of Erin served prominently in both the Union and Confederate armies. Many left compelling personal stories of their martial service, or of Irish comrades.

Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus will present some of these stories from his book co-authored with Gerard Mayers, Erin Go Bragh: Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the American Civil War (Gettysburg Publishing, 2o18). His PowerPoint slides will include brief biographies of several leading Irish soldiers and personalities, including Patrick Cleburne, Father William Corby, James Shields, Michael Corcoran, and the incomparable Thomas Francis Meagher of the famed Irish Brigade.

This talk is dedicated to the memory of Lila Fourhman-Shaull, the former director of YCHC’s library and archives. All money collected from the free-will offering at the meeting will be donated to the Library & Archives from the YCWRT in Lila’s memory.

Scott Mingus at a past book signing for the Greater Dover Historical Society (submitted)


Scott Mingus is a career scientist and consultant in the global pulp & paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University. While working for Avery Dennison, he was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U. S. postage stamps. He has written twenty Civil War and Underground Railroad books. His biography of 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 a blog on the Civil War history of York County ( He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County History Center for his contributions to local Civil War history. He also has written six scenario books for Civil War miniature wargaming. His great-great-grandfather John D. Sisson was a 15-year-old drummer and rifleman in the 51st Ohio Infantry in the Western Theater, and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia of the Army of the Potomac.

Books will be available for sale and autographs.