It is interesting already in this short time that I’ve had this blog/page in operation as to how many people have seen it and who they are by their varied comments and emails.

The several posts about General Mansfield have revealed that there are quite a number of folks out there with a special interest in this man and his life.

One individual in particular – who possesses an interesting collection of varied items from the General’s life – has written to say that the picture I used in the Mansfield posts is not actually the General. Apparently it is exceedingly common that this errant picture is placed with Mansfield in many places. The writer pointed out that, if one looks at both the picture on the $500-bill and this apocryphal version, there are as many differences as similarities. Indeed!  Actually, the appropriate picture is the one on the currency.

NOT Mansfield

The correct General Mansfield

Additionally, the writer has seen the Mansfield collection in Connecticut and reports that there are literally boxes of correspondence to and from him. Cool! There is nothing more salubrious than a day in the bowels of a library digging through old manuscripts! It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed multiple hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and have been a sportswriter for various publications and online venues. My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with the Antietam Battlefield Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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