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Flames Beyond Gettysburg Lecture

December 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


In late June 1863, two powerful columns of Confederate troops approached the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania, one at Harrisburg the other to Wrightsville. This presentation by author Scott L. Mingus Sr. chronicles the events leading up to the burning of the world’s longest covered bridge to prevent Rebel passage to Lancaster County.

Scott Mingus is a scientist and executive in the 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. He has written nineteen Civil War and Underground Railroad books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won multiple awards, including the Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History. He has also written several articles for Gettysburg Magazine, as well as for various historical journals.

Scott and his wife Debi live in York, Pa., and he maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). 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 for Civil War miniature wargaming. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy in the 51st Ohio Infantry under General Sherman, and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg.

This lecture is part of the River Crossings lecture series by Susquehanna Heritage, the organization that manages the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Other topics explored in the series include ferries, canals, and rafting. The series was designed to complement the exhibit River Crossings, which explores how people have arrives at or departed from Columbia by water. From dugout canoes to the Wright’s Ferry bridge, the exhibit’s panels, maps, and images explore the lower Susquehanna’s rich history. Each lecture will about an hour and dive more deeply into the history of river transportation. Doors will open at 6:00 pm allowing attendees to explore the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments before the lecture begins at 6:30 pm. Each lecture lasts about one hour with time for questions and discussion after.

The cost for each unique presentation is $10 per/person. Seating is limited so advanced registration is required. Proceeds benefit the operations and programs of the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center.


December 7, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Columbia Crossing River Trails Center
41 Walnut Street
Columbia, PA 17512 United States
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