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FEBRUARY 26, 2015

York County, PA
in the Gettysburg Campaign

Scott Mingus

One in seven soldiers in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia passed through York County PA in the days before the battleof Gettysburg. For some, the destination was York, the largest town between Harrisburg and Baltimore and a rich prize to be seized. For others, the goal was the Susquehanna River, seeking potential crossings into Lancaster County and their commanding general’s unauthorized and impromptu dream of raiding Harrisburg from its undefended rear.

Hundreds of civilians were compelled to donate or sell horses, mules, supplies, and food to the Confederate soldiers, who in turn left their own ideas of the largely German population. Later, JEB Stuart’s cavaliers traversed York County for two full days concurrent with the opening of the Battle of Gettysburg. Some observers have speculated that Lee’s developing intention was to fight a decisive battle somewhere along the road between Carlisle and York, perhaps in Dillsburg. Come hear author Scott Mingus give a sweeping overview of York County’s role in the Gettysburg campaign, beginning with the 87th Pennsylvania’s fight at Second Winchester.

ScottMingusScott 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 graduated from 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 twelve 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 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 (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County Heritage Trust for his contributions to local Civil War history.

He also has written six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to thehobby’s prestigious Legion of Honor in 2011. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio Infantry and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg.

Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

From September to May, we meet at the GAR Building, 53 East Middle Street. Light refreshments and conversation starting at 7 pm, the program starting at 7:30. Our summer meetings are in the field starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note the meeting location of each meeting.

Whenever treacherous weather is predicted, the CWRT President and Vice President shall determine by noon on that day whether the program should be canceled or not. Announcements will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM.

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Kendra Debany ..................................President

Roger Heller ...........................................Vice President

Lynn Heller .............................................Secretary

Linda Seamon.........................................Membership Secretary

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Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina,Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Don Sangirardi, and Cindy King (past President)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the back room at the Avenue Restaurant. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 6:00 pm. Board meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.



Plaque Committee:
Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Cindy King.

Book Award Committee:
Review books for the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award.

Field Trip Committee:
Plan future trips for the members of the Civil War Roundtable.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.


The CWRT 2014 Book Award Winners

We are proud to announce that the winners of the annual Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Book Award are Dr. Carol Reardon and Col. (Ret.) Tom Vossler for their book, A Field Guide to Gettysburg.

Both Dr. Reardon and Col. Vossler are residents of Gettysburg and their collaboration resulted in a guide book to the battlefield that not only breaks the battle into 35 “stops” and describes the combat that took place in each of those locations, but it explains who the commanders were in each part of the field and identifies some of the men who fell in each of the places. What is more, the book introduces the reader to the people who owned and lived on the land effected by the battle. By including the stories of Gettysburg residents, this guide book transcends all those that have come before it. This book will stand for years as the premier guide book for the Battle of Gettysburg.

Published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2013 for the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, A Field Guide to Gettysburg is a valuable resource for those who wish to study the battlefield in detail whether they have visited the field many times or are first time visitors. It is produced in paperback and as a result is easy to carry by those who wish to use it.

CWRT Summer Field Trip

The Summer Field Trip will be to Harper's Ferry on June 13, 2015. Watch for more information in the newsletter and on this site.

It’s almost time for the holidays!!!! Already!

Since the weather is turning colder, and your treks out on the battlefield are growing fewer and shorter, you should plan on joining us indoors for our monthly meetings this winter! Gail Stephens will be here on November 20th to talk about Jubal Early’s mission to take Washington, D.C., and our VP Roger Heller has set up some fantastic speakers for 2015! Not to be missed! Please note that our meeting is one week earlier this month as Thanksgiving falls on our usual fourth Thursday meeting day.

It’s again that time of year to come out and join us in celebrating the holidays and sharing good food, good music, and great company with your friends at the Roundtable! I hope you will be able to join us on Thursday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dobbin House. Help us ring in the holidays! If you’re planning on attending you must register by November 26th. A registration form is attached to this newsletter for your convenience, or click on this link. I look forward to seeing you there!



March 26
Dr. Carol Reardon and Col. (Ret.) Tom Vossler
A Field Guide to Gettysburg


April 23
Dennis Frye
Harper's Ferry in the Civil War
(June 13
Field Trip to Harper's Ferry


May 28
Curt Gaul
Program Developments by the National Park Service


June 25
Tim Smith
Evergreen Cemetery and the Civil War


July 23
Rich Kohr
The 1922 Marine Encampment at Gettysburg


August 27
Wayne Motts and James Hessler
Pickett's Charge


Sept 24
Tim Snyder
The C&O Canal in the Gettysburg Campaign


October 22
Brian McEnany and James Lewis
The March of the 2nd Corps to Gettysburg in June 1863


November 19
Philip Leigh
lntersectional Trade During the Civil War


Dec - Holiday Banquet
Dr. Charlie Fennell
Civil War Armies in the Winter



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