Save 30% on pre-orders for my new Louisiana Tigers book!!!!
amazon.com is now taking pre-orders from the upcoming October 2009 publication of my latest book, The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863. This book contains perhaps the most detailed account written yet of the Tigers’ smashing assault that doomed the Union defenses at the Second Battle of Winchester, and, of course, as one would expect from my books, there are a lot of human interest stories scattered throughout the narrative. Included are several brand new stories from here in York County, as the Tigers paid their respects to York merchants and to Spring Garden Township and Manchester Township residents. The book covers the Tigers two attacks at Gettysburg (July 1 and July 2), and the subsequent retreat into Virginia.
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Here is LSU Press’s early promotional verbiage for the new book:
The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
Scott L. Mingus, Sr.
Foreword by Brent Nosworthy
A careful study of the celebrated brigade before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg
Previous works on Confederate brigadier general Harry T. Hays’s First Louisiana Brigade–better known as the “Louisiana Tigers”–have either only touched upon the brigade during the course of the American Civil War, focused on its leaders or individual regiments throughout the war, or have dealt with just one day of the Tigers’ service at Gettysburg, specifically their role in defending East Cemetery Hill on July 2, 1863. 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.
Mingus begins by providing a sweeping history of the Louisiana Tigers; their predecessor, Wheat’s Tigers; the organizational structure and leadership of the brigade in 1863, and the personnel that made up its ranks. Covering the Tigers’ movements and battle actions in depth, he then turns to the brigade’s march into the Shenandoah Valley and the Tigers’ key role in defeating the Federal army at the Second Battle of Winchester.
Combining soldiers’ reminiscences with contemporary civilian accounts, Mingus breaks new ground by detailing the Tigers’ march into Pennsylvania, their first trip to Gettysburg in the week before the battle, their two-day occupation of York, Pennsylvania—the largest northern town to fall to the Confederate army—and their march back to Gettysburg. He offers the first full-scale discussion of the Tigers’ interaction with the local population during their invasion of Pennsylvania and includes detailed accounts of the citizens’ reactions to the Tigers—many not published since appearing in local newspapers over a century ago.
Mingus explores the Tigers’ actions on the first two days of the Battle of Gettysburg and meticulously recounts their famed assault on East Cemetery Hill, one of the pivotal moments of the battle. He closes with the Tigers’ withdrawal from Gettysburg and their retreat into Virginia. Appendices include an order of battle for East Cemetery Hill, a recap of the weather during the entire Gettysburg Campaign, a day-by-day chronology of the Tigers’ movements and campsites, and the text of the official reports from General Hays for Second Winchester and Gettysburg.
Comprehensive and engaging, Mingus’s exhaustive work constitutes the definitive account of General Hays’s remarkable brigade during the critical summer of 1863.
Scott L. Mingus has written numerous books on the Civil War, including the three volume Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign, and Flames beyond Gettysburg: The Gordon Expedition, June 1863. He lives near York, Pennsylvania.
U.S. History / Civil War
352 pages, 6 x 9, 8 maps