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I just finished reading your book & it was a fabulous read. I have been studying Gettysburg for 50 years & frankly when I would take people there, I kind of skimmed over this important part of the campaign due to lack of info-problem now solved! It was both extremely informative & compelling at the same time. - HB

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Scott Mingus is a scientist and executive in the paper industry, andholds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. Hegraduated from the paper science & engineering program at MiamiUniversity and was part of the research team that developed the firstcommercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps. He haswritten eighteen Civil War books. His biography of Confederate GeneralWilliam "Extra Billy" Smith was nominated for or won multiple awards,including the Dr. James I Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize. He also wroteseveral articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on theCivil War history of York County (yorkblog.com/cannonball) andreceived the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County HeritageTrust for his contributions to local Civil War history. He also haswritten six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to the hobby's prestigious Legion of Honor. His great-great-grandfather was a15-year-old drummer boy in the 51st Ohio Infantry, and other familymembers fought in the Army of the Potomac at Antietam and Gettysburg. He is a direct descendant of Pvt. Moses Mingus, 1st New York Infantry,American Revolutionary War.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie; Revised ed. edition (February 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611210720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611210729
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Krepps on August 30, 2009
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Very few events in United States history have assumed such a legendary status as the Battle of Gettysburg. As a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg, I see this intense interest on a daily basis. One of the most difficult things to portray to the average visitor, and even to those who consider themselves to be dedicated students of the battle, is the scope of the campaign and its troop movements. In central Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania one would be hard pressed to find a Civil War-era road that was not used by troops during the 1863 campaign. This is just one of the many aspects in which this book by Scott Mingus succeeds admirably. Readers will not only gain a specific knowledge of the roads used by the troops associated with the Early/Gordon expedition, but also the immense scale of the Pennsylvania Campaign and the tremendous impact of these events.
The book begins by offering an excellent overview of the political and military situation in 1863. The reader gains a clear concept of the strategic and operational objectives behind Gen. Robert E. Lee's movement into Pennsylvania. Background information is also provided concerning the regiments of Gordon's Brigade and their commanding officers. When necessary, information is given on other units pertinent to the story.
Mr. Mingus does an admirable job at portraying how ill-prepared Pennsylvania was for the invasion. By late June 1863 the physical and psychological effects of the Confederate expedition were in full force. The reader comes away with a palpable feel of the frenzy involved as citizens, military leaders, and state and federal politicians responded to the emergency; the telegraph lines buzzed with a constant flurry of messages - many accurate, many others rumor - throughout south central Pennsylvania.
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Mingus' work fills a long standing gap in the history of the Gettysburg campaign. It is a fascinating story (and all the details are here!), and should have garnered coverage long before now. The book covers the movements of Jubal Early's Confederate division, in particular John B. Gordon's Brigade, as they move across south central Pennsylvania in June 1863 to ultimately reach the farthest penetration into Pennsylvania at the Susquehanna River. It's also the story of the confused, sometimes inept, but brave efforts of scattered militia forces and ordinary citizens to try and slow down the veteran Confederates. Ultimate success was achieved when Gordon was thwarted at Wrightsville by the destruction of the vital bridge there, eliminating any chances of capturing Harrisburg. The book features a great epilogue and a real plus is the section on driving directions to all the key locations.

I give the author high credit for an outstandingly researched and well written work. However, I had a few disappointments. A key aspect of this story were the individual experiences and reactions of miltiamen and citizens as the war was suddenly thrust upon them. While key, the author seemed intent on relating every single instance of a horse being confiscated, Confederate soldiers asking or taking food from farmers, fence rails being destroyed, etc. This is very repetitive and greatly bogs down an otherwise great narrative. A few examples sprinkled throughout at key times would have been adequate to give the reader the appropriate flavor. Largely missing from the work was the placement of Early's and Gordon's movements in the context of the overall movements of the rest of Lee's army, how they fit into his overall strategy and aims, and how those aims may have shifted in response to circumstance.
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In the new book, Flames Beyond Gettysburg, Scott L. Mingus, Sr. weaves an intriguing story of the events leading up to the famous battle of Gettysburg. Scott captures the reader's attention as only he can tell it by not just stating the facts of what happened but by describing events through the eyes of the leaders and soldiers of both sides. The difficulties of Union command and control when dealing with militia is described in detail. As well, one can visualize the civilians' of Pennsylvania apprehension as rumors of White's "Comanches" terrorizing the country-side filtered into the city. The specter of the actual native American Comanches just a few decades earlier driving out Texas settlers in the same way they had prevented the Spanish from settling Colorado and Texas territories could not be far from these Pennsylvanians' consciousness. This foreboding was only matched by the high anxiety of Gordon's troops filing into York. Scott's research lays out for the reader the physical and social risks and sacrifice of Pennsylvania defenders as well as their actions of self preservation and attempts at saving hard earned wealth. He swings between Union and Confederate perspectives and describes events never imagined by this generation since the period of hostilities on United States soil almost a century and a half ago. The struggles of the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge exemplify our country working its way toward industrialization and expansion of continental trade at the outbreak of the War Between the States. The book is replete with first hand impressions of people who experienced Gordon's expedition. It was hard to put down this excellent book once begun.
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