Human Interest Stories of the Civil War is the first book in a planned series from the tandem of brothers Scott L. Mingus, Jr. and Thomas M. Mingus. For more than a year, they culled through hundreds of old primary eyewitness sources (letters, diaries, journals, newspaper articles, reminiscences, and regimental histories) and selected a diverse variety of anecdotes. The authors rewrote and condensed these stories into modern English so that today’s reader might enjoy learning about these long forgotten incidents from the War Between the States.
Ten Roads Publishing of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will be publishing this collection of human interest stories later this year. Pre-orders are now being taken for autographed first edition copies signed by both authors. This book is sure to be a popular Christmas gift for that Civil War buff on your shopping list! Priced at only $14.95, it is a bargain at only pennies per story, and there are more than 200 of them, ranging from the humorous to the ironic and/or tragic.
Here are some examples from the book:
While Major General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac was making its way into Virginia, a party of Union soldiers, hungry and fierce, had just reached a rail fence, tied their horses, and pitched their officers’ tents, when four pigs incautiously approached the camp. The men, on noticing the intruders, immediately decided to capture them for their dinner. They stationed two parties, one at each end of a V in the fence, with rails to complete the two sides of a square. Two men were then sent to scatter corn before the pigs and lead them along inside the V, when the square was finished and the pigs penned. A cavalry officer, whose men earlier had unsuccessfully attempted the destruction of the same pigs with their sabers, came up and quipped to an army correspondent, “Ah! The pen is still mightier than the sword!”
During the Vicksburg Campaign, an Indiana regiment suffered through a fierce attack by an entire brigade of Rebels. The Hoosiers, unable to withstand such great odds, were compelled to fall back about thirty or forty yards. To the utter mortification of the officers and men, they lost their flag, which remained in the hands of the enemy. Suddenly a tall Irishman, a private in the color company, rushed from the ranks across the vacant ground and attacked the squad of Rebels who had possession of the conquered flag. He clubbed several of the Rebs with his musket and knocked them to the ground. Seeing an opportunity, he snatched the flag from them and returned safely to his regiment. The bold fellow was immediately surrounded by his jubilant comrades who greatly praised him for his gallantry. His captain made him a sergeant upon the spot, but the hero cut everything short by his surprising reply, “Oh! Never mind, captain, say no more about it. I dropped my whiskey flask among the rebels, and fetched that back, and I thought I might just as well bring the flag along!”
The passion of the Civil War divided households across America and at times brought the tragic loss of relatives fighting in the opposing armies. Colonel Lewis D. Campbell of the 69th Ohio related his family’s situation: “I had two brothers in the war; one in the Confederate army in Texas, and the other in the Union army…One of my brothers, at the head of a regiment of Texans, fell in Louisiana, and the other, at the head of a Union regiment, fell at the battle of Chancellorsville. And the news of the death of both of these–one on the one side and the other–reached their afflicted mother on the same day.”
All excerpts copyright 2010, Scott L. Mingus, Jr. and Thomas M. Mingus. Used by permission.
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Human Interest Stories of the Civil War
Scott L. Mingus, Jr. and Dr. Thomas M. Mingus
Ten Roads Publishing, Gettysburg Pa., 2010