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York County Heritage Trust Sanctioned Guide Scott Mingus is standing near Bair’s Mill on Kreutz Creek. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.

Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a scientist and executive in the paper and printing industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamp products and in bar code labels. He has written six books on the Civil War, including Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign (Volumes 1 and 2), Human Interest Stories from Antietam, and Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Gordon Expedition, June 1863. His latest book, A Spirit of Daring: Hays’ Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, was published in October by LSU Press. In the works is Gettysburg Glimpses 2: More True Stories from the Battlefield. Mingus also has written several articles, including in The Gettysburg Magazine. He maintains a blog on York County, Pennsylvania, in the Civil War for the York Daily Record (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball/), and he is a sanctioned Civil War Guide for the York County Heritage Trust.

Mingus has written several booklets on wargaming the Civil War, including the two-volume Enduring Valor: Gettysburg in Miniature, the popularly acclaimed Undying Courage: The Antietam Campaign in Miniature, Touched With Fire, and Crossed Sabers: Gettysburg in Miniature. His latest work, Brothers Divided, features a dozen new scenarios from the Gettysburg campaign. He and his wife Debi publish Charge!, the leading international fanzine for ACW miniature wargaming.

A native of southeastern Ohio, he graduated from Miami University after majoring in Paper Science and Engineering. Mingus spent 23 years working for office products giant Avery Dennison in the Cleveland area before joining Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of specialty papers, in 2001. He and his family live near York, Pennsylvania.

In our first Wrightsville post, Scott Mingus brings the forces to Wrightsville, and shows us how the Confederates advanced on the Union defenses.

In today’s post, York Heritage Trust Civil War Sanctioned Guide Scott Mingus shows us the location of Bair’s Mill and the location of the Union skirmish line.



This map shows the location of where our Wrightsville videos were produced. Videos #1-#3 were shown in our first Wrightsville post. Video #1 was taken at the junction of PA 462 and Strickler Lane. Video #2 was taken at the junction of Strickler Lane and Strickler’s School Road. Video #3 was taken on Strickler Schoolhouse Road, at the bridge over Kreutz Creek. Video #5 was taken at Bair’s Mill. Videos #5 and #6 were taken at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway and Cool Creek Road. This map was created facing north at approximately 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2009.



This map shows the units defending Wrightsville and the position of the Confederate units as they advanced on the defenses. Copyright Scott L. Mingus, Sr.; drawn for Flames Beyond Gettysburg by Tom Poston. All rights reserved.



This 1876 map of Wrightsville shows landmarks, Confederate troop movements in red, and the Union defenses in blue. This map was created in 1876.



This Bair’s Mill sits on the site of the Civil War era Bair’s Mill. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.

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In Video #4 York County Heritage Trust Sanctioned Guide Scott Mingus is standing near Kreutz Creek at Bair’s Mill. He describes the makeup of the Wrightsville Union defenders, and describes how the farmers in this area suffered from the Confederate’s visit. This view was taken facing southwest to northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.



Civil War Sanctioned Guide Scott Mingus is standing at the intersection of Cool Creek Road and PA 462. He is showing us how the Union skirmish line stretched along Cool Creek Road. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.

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In Video #5 Sanctioned Guide Scott Mingus is standing near the intersection of PA 462 and Cool Creek Road. He shows the primary skirmish line of the 27th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia. This view was taken facing northeast to south to northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.



Although Scott is standing in the area of the Union skirmish line, the Union earthworks were in the background by the tree to the right of the yellow truck. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.

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In Video #6 Scott Mingus is standing near the intersection of PA 462 and Cool Creek Road. He continues his description of the Union defense line and how the Confederates will approach this position. This view was taken facing northeast to southeast to west to northeast at approximately 2:45 PM on Sunday, September 13, 2009.



Scott Mingus’ book on John Brown Gordon’s expedition through south central Pennsylvania is Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Gordon Expedition, June 1863. It is published by Ironclad Publishing Inc. 6258 Olde Orchard Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43213. This cover was scanned facing north at approximately 8:00 PM on Monday, September 14, 2009.


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