When Scott Mingus Sr. was 7 years old, his parents bought him a set of plastic Civil War army men.

"They installed in me a love for history when I was quite young," recalled Mingus, 57, of Manchester Township.

Since his youth, Mingus has been a student and expert of Civil War history in Ohio, where he grew up, and in York County where moved in 2001.

He has written several books about the war and is a sanctioned Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust.

On Sept. 15, the trust gave Mingus the Heritage Profile Award to recognize his exceptional work in the community to preserve, interpret, promote and research history.

Mingus's work has extended the knowledge and understanding of county history, the trust said.

He received the award during York County Heritage Trust's annual meeting. This is the second year for the trust's award program.

"I was extremely gratified to have been nominated for the award and to receive it," Mingus said. "I appreciate the recognition."

Mingus' written works include "Gettysburg Glimpses: True Stories from the Battlefield Volumes 1 and 2," and "Gettysburg's Controversial Old Confederate General - Governor William 'Extra Billy' Smith of Virginia."

He co-authored with James McClure, editor of York Daily Record/Sunday News, "Civil war Voices from York County, Pennsylvania," and "Echoing Still: More Civil War Voices from York County."

Mingus, director of new products development at local P.H. Glatfelter, maintains a blog on Civil War history.

* Other recipients: Other heritage trust awards and winners were:

* Chair's Award: Harvey Bradley, who is deceased, and Luther Sowers

* Community Award, Business Ingenuity: Glatfelter Insurance Group

* Community Heritage: Hanover Area Historical Society

* Government: York County Commissioners.

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.