Northern Central Chapter Meeting Slated

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The Northern Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS) is pleased to announce that it will be holding its quarterly meeting on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The meeting will be held at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 301 W. Philadelphia Street, York, Pa. Parking is around back, use the rear entrance, and proceed down the steps to the meeting room.

Scott L. Mingus, Sr., award-winning Civil War author and lecturer, will present “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War.” The talk involves details from one of his books, Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River: June 1863, as well as from a new booklet on the Northern Central Railway.

The booklet is a 25-page introduction to The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War: 1861-1865 and includes a sweeping overview of the railroad's activities in the war years, including Confederate raids and bridge burning parties, the financial state of the railroad and its investments to support the Northern war effort, some human interest stories, and other pertinent details. It is a precursor to a planned full-length book.

Scott 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 link external). 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 the hobby’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.

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