Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign

My good friend, Scott Mingus Sr. of York, PA, has just released his new book – “Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign.”  I received a review copy of the book from Scott this past weekend, and I’m quite impressed.  Scott is a scientist for the P.H. Glatfelter Paper Company and the author of several books, notably in the Civil War wargaming genre.

Scott’s new book is paperback and 100 pages, full of human interest stories culled from many primary sources.  As a researcher, I do enjoy these types of books – especially when as thoroughly researched and as well written as this one – first, to use them as sources themselves and to lead to other source material, and second, simply for the enjoyable light reading they provide.

The reader will find much of interest here.  And here’s a quote from one of my favorite stories in the book:

An usual group of volunteers responded in Harrisburg to Governor Curtin’s plea.  Capt. Charles C. Carson and a company of 17 men, the youngest being 68 years old, came forward and presented themselves for military service.  Each senior citizen was a veteran of the War of 1812, and they wanted to again serve their state and country in a time of need.  A color bearer proudly carried a historic relic, a highly tattered battle flag that had once been borne at the Battle of Trenton by Pennsylvanians serving under George Washington.

Check out the book, you will enjoy it.  The source for each story is given at the end of each section.  Scott also advises me that he is preparing a similar tome on the Antietam Campaign, one I also very much look forward to.

Published in: on December 11, 2006 at 12:10 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. J.D.,

    I should be receiving my copy in the mail soon, and I hope to do a review of it within a couple of weeks here. I’m looking forward to it.

    Brett S.

  2. You’ll like it Brett I’m sure. Scott has really pulled some interesting stories out of a myriad of primary sources – in fact, the book has given me some leads for future writing projects.

    Makes for enjoyable light reading when you just feel like smiling, and at the same time it’s a decent collection of anecdotes that span the entire campaign.


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