Cooper Wingert has published three books about the importance of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during the Civil War, and he’s only 15.
Inspite of all the existing literature, there's still much to learn about our history.
Cooper Wingert has three nationally published books about the importance of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during the Civil War, and he’s only 15.
He’s been at it for a while though. Wingert said he’s been intrigued with the local history of that era since a 5th grade field trip to Gettysburg.
A book he read following the outing sparked his interest in original sources. Soon, the curious grade schooler was a regular at local historical societies and archives tracking down old newspapers, records, and personal correspondence.
His commitment to locating historical documents has earned him the respect of far more seasoned scholars. One older colleague called Wingert, “one of the finest up and coming young authors in the field of Civil War history," and "a leading expert on the Civil War events in central Pennsylvania."
Another colleague noted that his contributions to the field have both enriched and changed the way the area’s history is viewed.
As for his future plans, Wingert has mentioned he’d like to go to work in Gettysburg as a park ranger.