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Scott L. Mingus, Sr. (submitted)

York US Army Hospital is topic of York CWRT on Oct. 16

Press release (York CWRT):

Multiple award-winning author Scott L. Mingus, Sr. will be the featured speaker at the October 16, 2019, monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table. He will present a PowerPoint talk titled “Great Care Was Taken: The United States Army General Hospital in York, Pennsylvania.” The sprawling hospital on Penn Common (now Penn Park) treated more than 14,000 patients from July 1862 through its closure three years later after the end of the war. Less than 200 men died during that span, giving York the lowest mortality rate of any major permanent army hospital during the entire war. More than a thousand soldiers wounded at Gettysburg received care in York, although Confederates were not allowed in the army hospital. Come hear where and how they were treated. Scott will also discuss the local care of ill and injured soldiers prior to the construction of the formal hospital. His talk will also cover the treatment of the wounded men in Hanover following the June 30, 1863, battle in the town’s streets.

The York CWRT warmly welcomes all guests! Our meetings are always free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Simply come to the York County History Center (250 E. Market Street, York, PA) on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. for the talk on this interesting aspect of local history. Parking is also free.

This marker commemorates the site of the 1,600-bed US Army General Hospital in Penn Park (SLM photo)


Scott Mingus is a retired research scientist and current consultant to the global pulp & paper industry. He holds U. S. patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University in 1978. 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-two 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 and other historical journals. Scott has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PCN, and other TV networks.

Mingus and his wife Debi live in Manchester Township north of York. He writes a popular blog on the Civil War history of York County ( He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County History Center for his many 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 of the Army of the Potomac.