Scott L. Mingus Sr. is a retired scientist and executive in the global paper industry and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native is a graduate of 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.
The York, Pa., resident has written 23 Civil War books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won the 2013 Nathan Bedford Forrest Southern History Award and was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He also wrote several articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball), and is a local Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust. He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award for his contributions to local Civil War history.
He also has written six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to the hobby’s prestigious Legion of Honor in 2011. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg int he Army of the Potomac.
HMGS-East official Pete Panzeri presents a Gamer’s Choice Award to Scott Mingus at Fall-In 2003.
Curt Daniels, Scott Mingus, and HMGS-East official Mike Hillsgrove pose in front of Scott’s layout of the action at Fox’s Gap during the Battle of South Mountain. (Fall-In 2002 wargaming convention)
Scott has received several awards for his wargames over the years.
Best Game – Thursday PM Session – Historicon 2002 (I Corps at Gettysburg)
Best Game – Friday Afternoon Session – Cold Wars 2005 (Swift Flowing River)
HMGS-East Battle Streamer – Historicon 2004 (15mm AWI game)
HMGS-East Battle Streamer – Fall-In 2003 (Sweetbriar Creek)
HMGS-East Battle Streamer – Historicon 2003 (East Cemetery Hill)
HMGS-East Battle Streamer – Historicon 2002 (I Corps at Gettysburg)
HMGS-East Battle Streamer – Fall-In 2002 (Reno’s Last Hours)
HMGS-East Battle Streamer – Fall-In 2002 (Fox’s Gap)
Gamers’ Choice Award – Historicon 2004 (15mm AWI game)
Gamers’ Choice Award – Fall-In 2003 (Sweetbriar Creek)
Gamers’ Choice Award – Historicon 2003 (East Cemetery Hill)
Gamers’ Choice Award – Historicon 2002 (Seminary Ridge)
Gamers’ Choice Award – Fall-In 2002 (Reno’s Last Hours)
PELA Award – Cold Wars 2003 (Rebel Invasion of Lancaster County)