Middleburg/Mason-Dixon
Line Historical Society
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Thursday, December  15, 2022

Targeted Tracks


Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global pulp and paper industry. A native of Ohio, he 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 and pioneered the development of the bar-code system.

‚ÄčThe Cumberland Valley Railroad connected Hagerstown, MD to Harrisburg, PA. Its location enhanced its importance during some of the Civil War's most critical campaigns. Because of its proximity to major cities in the Eastern Theater, the CVRR was an enticing Confederate target. As invading armies jostled for position, the CVRR's valuable rolling stock was never far from the minds of Rebel Leaders. Northern military and Railroad officials knew the line was a prized target and coordinated - and just as often butted heads - in a series of efforts to ensure the Railroad's prized resources remained out of enemy hands. When they failed to protect the line, as they sometimes did, Southern horsemen wrought havoc on the Northern war effort by tearing up the tracks, seizing or torching Union supplies, and laying waste to warehouses, engine houses, and passenger depots.

Scott has written 21 books on the Civil War.
He is a highly respected historian.

Come join us for an exciting evening with a great program and tasty treats. And it's FREE