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York CWRT presents “The Underground Railroad in York County” on June 18

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Did you know York County residents collectively once owned hundreds of slaves, and the last person still held as a slave died in the 1840s near Hanover?

Did you know the county was a hotbed of activity for the Underground Railroad movement, especially the Red Land region in northeastern York County?

The York Civil War Round Table is pleased to present award-winning author and lecturer Scott L. Mingus, Sr. to its monthly meeting on Wednesday night, June 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Scott will be presenting a PowerPoint talk on “The Underground Railroad in York County.” He will examine the history and growth of slavery in south-central Pennsylvania, the abolitionist movement, the development of the Underground Railroad network, key “conductors” and “stations” in the region, and race relations. He will tie the UGRR into the Civil War formation of military units comprised of black citizens. This presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in the museum of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market Street in York, PA.

Scott Mingus is a scientist and executive in the global paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native is a graduate of 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 eleven Civil War books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won the 2013 Nathan Bedford Forrest Southern History Award and was nominated for the 2014 Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He also wrote several articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (, and is a local Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust. He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award 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 in 2011. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry under General Sherman and other family members fought in the Army of the Potomac’s Second Corps at Antietam and Gettysburg.