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Part II: Scholarly York County history journal feeds your sense of discovery

The York County Heritage Trust’s 2011 scholarly journal cover features York County carpenter/artist Lewis Miller’s drawing of the 87th Pennsylvania drilling in York in September 1861. Civil War historian Scott Mingus wrote a piece in the recently published journal explaining this scene.  Also of interest: Part I: Scholarly journal.

The cover image and story in the 2011 scholarly journal  ties in the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

And who else would write the piece other than Scott L. Mingus Sr., by day a scientist with Glatfelter and the other 16 hours (well, something like that) he researches and writes about the Civil War.

Here’s a summary of his piece in the York County Heritage Trust publication.

Title: “150 Years Ago: Lewis Miller’s ‘Drilling Camp, York, Pa. 1861′”

Author: Scott L. Mingus Sr.

About: This piece provides background about Lewis Miller’s scene of the 87th Pennsylvania in camp, probably at Penn Park, before units from the regiment departed to guard bridges against Southern saboteurs in northern Maryland. This cover image and story ties the journal into the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Quotable: “Residents lavished attention on the soldiers, who often marched off to war through a ‘perfect storm of flowers’ tossed by the admiring crowds.”


Interesting point: Notice the civilian/soldier interaction in Miller’s drawing, including the arrival of the bread wagon and peddlers hawking their wares to the soldiers.


Also of interest:

Scott Mingus blog regularly on local Civil War topics here.

10 links explaining PA Civil War 150′s visit and York County, Pa.’s role in that bloody war.

– Check out this list of York County, Pa.’s 10 most memorable Civil War moments.

2011 scholarly journal not dense at all.


The journal is available at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St., for $6.95. The new journal and the initial 2010 publication are available for $10.

I had the privilege of chairing the York County Heritage Trust’s Publication Committee, which oversaw both journals.  (I chaired the committee). And here’s a call for the 2012 Journal of York County Heritage.