When: April 13, 2011
Where: Ohio Health Medical Campus, 300 Polaris Parkway, Westerville Ohio 43082
Speaker: Scott Mingus
Topic: Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign
Mr. Mingus, Sr. is a scientist and executive in the paper and printing industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive postage stamps for the U.S. He has six Civil War books currently listed on amazon.com. Coming in April 2011 is Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion and the Gettysburg Campaign; an official 150th Civil War Anniversary book for that county. He also is writing Gettysburg’s Controversial Old Confederate General: Governor William “Extra Billy” Smith of Virginia, which will be published by Savas Beatie late in 2011. Mingus has written several articles for The Gettysburg Magazine. He maintains a popular blog on the Civil War history of York County, Pa., for the York Daily Record www.yorkblog.com/cannonball. He also is a contributor to the popular Gettysburg Daily website: http://www.gettysburgdaily.com/?p=5610.
A native of southeastern Ohio, he graduated from Miami University after majoring in Paper Science & Engineering. Mingus spent 23 years as a scientist for office products company Avery Dennison in the Cleveland area before joining Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of specialty papers, in 2001. He and his family reside near York, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Mingus will present a PowerPoint slide presentation on one of Robert E. Lee’s best (and most controversial) brigades in the Army of Northern Virginia – the Louisiana Tigers. They played a key role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Their storming and seizure of a vital fort in the Winchester defenses forced Union commander Robert Milroy to abandon the town, opening the way north to the Potomac River for Lee’s forces. The Tigers were perhaps the single unit most feared by the Northern press, and some of their exploits will be recounted, followed by a discussion of their ill-fated attack on Cemetery Hill during the Battle of Gettysburg.