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Speaker Series: Spies and Espionage

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

We welcome you to join us for another Speaker Series event on Thursday, August 17th beginning at 6 pm at Maple Shade Barn to learn about spies and espionage.

The title of the talk is Spies and Espionage in York County during the Gettysburg Campaign, presented by Scott Mingus. During the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, both the Union army and Confederate army employed paid (and at times, unpaid volunteer) scouts. Some of these men are well known in Civil War lore. Others toiled in anonymity. Several Confederate agents operated in York County, particularly in the months before the invasion. Some were gathering intelligence from which to make professional maps showing the key roads, farms, and businesses in the county. These maps would be used by the generals to plan their movements, points of rendezvous, and places to gather supplies and fresh horses. More than 800 York Countians lost horses to the oncoming Rebels, despite often secreting the steeds in supposedly out-of-the-way locations such as Round Top in northern York County. The farmers could not imagine the extent of the enemy intelligence about south-central Pennsylvania, which the network of spies and scouts had carefully developed.  Author Scott Mingus has cobbled together many of the stories of these covert agents and will discuss what is known about their operations.
We invite you to join us!
About Scott Mingus:
Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was a pioneer in the early development of bar code labels. He has written more than 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PBS, PCN, and several other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, PA, where he and his wife Debi live. He also has written six scenario books for miniature wargaming. He received lifetime achievement awards from the York County History Center and the Camp Curtin Historical Society for his many contributions to local Civil War history. His books and wargaming scenario books have received or been nominated for numerous national awards.



August 17
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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