The March 2019 meeting kicks off the new year of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Members, Please give your $25 dues to Gary Mester. Board of Directors, Please stay after for a meeting.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., March 12, 2019
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: Confederate Calamity: Jeb Stuart’s Cavalry Ride Through York County, Pa.
On June 30, 1863, Stuart’s cavalry fought at Hanover, PA, and then for the next two days rode through York County PA in an attempt to locate the Army of Northern Virginia. His cavalry missed the first two days of the battle of Gettysburg, depriving Robert E. Lee of his “eyes and ears of the army.”
Scott Mingus, our March speaker, is a scientist and consultant in the global pulp & paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University. 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 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, as well as for various historical journals.
Scott and his wife Debi live in York, Pa., and for more than a decade he was written 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 History Center for his 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.