York CWRT: The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign
Author Scott Mingus gives an interview to fellow writer and bookstore owner Jim Lewin at the 2010 Butternut & Blue Civil War celebration at the York Emporium. Photo courtesy of Jim Lewin.
The York Civil War Round Table invites the public to its monthly meeting on Wednesday evening, April 21 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York, PA. The meeting and parking are free of charge, and no reservations are required.
This month’s speaker is Manchester Township author and YCHT sanctioned tour guide Scott L. Mingus, Sr. who will present a PowerPoint talk based upon his popular new book, The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign: June-July 1863.
The talk has been given at round tables and historical gatherings in several states. It centers on one of Robert E. Lee’s best (and most controversial) brigades in the Army of Northern Virginia – the Louisiana Tigers. They played a key role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Their storming and seizure of a vital fort in the Winchester defenses forced Union commander Robert Milroy to abandon the town, opening the way north to the Potomac River for Lee’s forces. The Tigers were perhaps the single unit most feared by the Northern press, and some of their exploits will be recounted, followed by a discussion of their ill-fated attack on Cemetery Hill during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Come hear why the fabled Louisiana Tigers failed to stay on Cemetery Hill for any prolonged length of time until 1908. Learn about their field colonel who was 6′ 6″ tall and weighed more than 360 pounds. Hear about the origins of the colorful nickname Louisiana Tigers. See some of the country’s finest miniature dioramas depicting the July 2 assault on Cemetery Hill. Pick up a signed copy of one of the author’s six current Civil War books. Enjoy fellowship and conversation with fellow Civil War enthusiasts from across York County.
All for free! See you there!