Scott Mingus at a past book signing for the Greater Dover Historical Society (submitted)
Scott Mingus to speak on “Anderson’s Division at Gettysburg” for York CWRT
Press Release – The York (PA) Civil War Round Table welcomes author Scott L. Mingus, Sr. as its featured speaker for the October 17, 2018, monthly meeting. His topic will be “Anderson’s Division at Gettysburg,” a PowerPoint presentation based upon his popular book The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863 (co-authored with David Shultz). The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the York County History Center’s Library and Museum, 250 E. Market Street, York, PA. The talk is free and the public is welcome to attend. Parking is also free. Scott will be signing several of his Civil War books, including this title, before and after the event. He will have copies of his recently published, newest book on hand, Erin Go Bragh! Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the American Civil War.
While much of the popular history of the savage fighting on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg focuses on Little Round Top, The Devil’s Den, The Wheatfield, Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill, some of the most critical action occurred in the center of the Union line, where Second Corps commander Winfield S. Hancock repeatedly cobbled together artillery batteries and infantry regiments to patch holes in the hard-pressed line. He reinforced his nickname, Hancock the Superb. Across the way, Confederate Major General Richard H. Anderson’s performance, to this day, remains controversial, enabling Hancock to eventually blunt the Rebels’ last major hopes for a breakthrough on Cemetery Ridge. York County author Scott Mingus will present a PowerPoint talk covering the attack (or lack thereof) Anderson’s division.
Scott Mingus is a 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 (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). 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 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.