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Meet the Author – Scott Mingus

Meet the Author

Scott L. Mingus Sr.

Saturday, August 27 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the NCR Gift Shop

Join us on August 27 in the NCR gift shop between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM for a book signing and meet and greet with author Scott Mingus. Mingus is the author of 28 Civil War and Underground Railroad books, many of which are available for purchase in the NCR gift shop. His newest release is The Western Maryland Railroad and Its Civil War Legacy, co-authored with railroad historian and author, Robert L. Williams.

Book signing is free and open to the public.

Scott L. Mingus Sr.

Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global pulp & paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at 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 bar code labels. He has written 28 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PCN, and other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, PA, where he lives (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He also has written six scenario books for miniature wargaming. A great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old soldier in the 51st Ohio in the Western Theater, and a great-grandfather was in the 183rd Ohio during the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia of the Army of the Potomac

The Western Maryland Railroad and Its Civil War Legacy

 by Scott L. Mingus, Sr & Robert L. Williams

While initially small in size and almost unknown outside of Maryland during the mid-1800s, the Western Maryland Railroad built upon its Civil War legacy and reputation to expand into a multi-state network of acquired railroads that served Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia well into the 20th century.

Headquartered for most of its postwar history in Baltimore, the WM operated from 1852 when it was first chartered until 1983 when it was merged into the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in an era of consolidation and asset rationalization. Parts of the system remain operational within the current CSX Transportation empire.

The original line from Baltimore County to Union Mills in Carroll County, Maryland, was the entirety of the WM during the Civil War years. While spared much of the destruction that Confederate raiders repeatedly doled out to the Northern Central Railway, Cumberland Valley Railroad, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, the WM did play a significant role in the Gettysburg Campaign. The railroad, temporarily under the control of the Federal government under emergency measures, hauled massive amounts of supplies for the Union Army of the Potomac to the Union Bridge railhead and Westminster.

Following the battle, thousands of wounded soldiers were taken by wagon or carriage (or otherwise made their way) to Union Bridge or Westminster. From there, trains carried them to hospitals in Baltimore, Washington, York, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, or New York City. To this day, modern railroaders still often refer to the line near Union Bridge as “the hospital track.”

This book explores the early history of the WM and its origins, with the focal point on the Civil War (1861–1865). An epilogue gives a sweeping overview of the company’s rapid postwar expansion and steady growth into a regional powerhouse.

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