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Human Interest Stories of the Civil War Paperback – December 1, 2010

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Scott L. Mingus, Jr. is an adjunct faculty member on the teaching staff of Harrisburg Area Community College at various branch campus locations throughout south-central Pennsylvania. A native of northeastern Ohio, he has an undergraduate degree in history from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Master’s in History from Millersville University. He co-authored a chapter on the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge for the book Flames Beyond Gettysburg, The Gordon Expedition, June 1863. He is married to Rebecca (Godbey) Mingus, and they have two sons. The Mingus family lives in Dover, Pennsylvania, not far from the site of J.E.B. Stuart’s major campsite on July 1, 1863 while the Battle of Gettysburg raged in the next county to the west. Dr. Thomas M. Mingus holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona, as well as a Master’s in Sport Management from Slippery Rock University. He double majored in History and Sport Management at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He took the photographs of various Civil War sites that appeared in the tour guide section of Flames Beyond Gettysburg, The Gordon Expedition, June 1863. He also authored a well received paper on the U.S. Rangers at Pont-du-Hoc during the Normandy Invasion and has been a frequent Civil War battlefield tramper and research assistant, as well as a published photographer.

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Roads Publishing, LLC. (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982527551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982527559
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,811,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Thomas M. Mingus is an adjunct professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from North Central University in Arizona and dual masters degrees in sports management and history from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania after receiving dual undergraduate degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in central Ohio. He is a native of Painesville, Ohio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
150 years is a long time for a family. Any family member in the Civil War is at least a great great something for a person in their 60s. My son can connect to World War II and Viet Nam. His Grandfather was at Pearl Harbor, a Great Uncle went ashore at Normandy and I was in Viet Nam. We knew people and have family members that fought in these wars; it is a real physical connection to the events.
It is almost impossible for us to do this with the Civil War. I knew one person who had an ancestor with the 20th Maine on Little Round Top. The closest he could get was stories from his father about hearing his grandfather talk about hearing the stories. Without people, the regiments become numbers and the brigades become names. The people are only words on a page, pixels on a screen or cardboard counters on a map. We lose the flesh and blood connection that makes this history personal and real.
This book draws us back to the people. Organized in yearly chapters are stories of people and incidents occurring that year. All are true. The stories gleaned from regimental histories, newspapers or park archives. Each is less than a page and many are only a paragraph. This makes for a glimpse of a person or group at a specific event. Some are happy, some are funny, some are sad. Much is the rough and ready humor of a soldier's life. However, each shows us the people being people. While the book will not put faces on the ranks, it will give us a feeling for the men that filled those ranks. This book bestows humanity on those words, pixels or counters and reminds us they were just like ourselves. In reading this book, we establish a personal connection to these people that makes their history more real and more enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. David Petruzzi on March 7, 2011
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I was very honored to be asked by the authors to write the Introduction for this book. When I first received the manuscript, I read it from beginning to end and enjoyed every minute of it. When reading most narratives of battles and campaigns of the Civil War, we get caught up in the grander movements - the story on a much larger scale: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg; the Cornfield/Sunken Road fights at Antietam; the massive death tolls of the Overland Campaign.

We often forget, however, that soldiers were men. They longed for home. They took pleasure in the little things in life. They laughed and cried with their comrades. There were plenty of diversions between battles, and there was a heck of a lot of boredom, too. The stories of the large battles and campaigns of the Civil War are only part of the story... the rest of it consists of the personal experiences of the soldiers every day of those four-plus years.

Whether you are a serious historian or just someone with a casual interest in the war, you will very much enjoy this work by the Mingus brothers, sons of respected historian Scott Mingus Sr. Some of the stories are hilarious, others are sad and pitiful for the people involved. Serious historians and authors, besides simply enjoying the read, will also find this book to be a great resource of anecdotes and personal experiences. And this work is a simply wonderful way to introduce younger readers to the study of the war and the time period.

J. David Petruzzi,
Co-author: Plenty of Blame to go Around, One Continuous Fight, The Complete Gettysburg Guide, The Gettysburg Campaign Orders of Battle and Numbers and Losses, The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook
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