|General Joseph Mansfield lived in this house in |
Middletown, Conn., during the Civil War.
It now houses the Middlesex County
Mansfield died on Sept. 18, 1862, about 24 hours after he was wounded. He was 58 years old.
The original Flood letter to Mrs. Mansfield is now in the collection of the Middlesex County Historical Society at the general's Civil War home in Middletown. Middlesex County Historical Society director Deborah Shapiro kindly photocopied Flood's letter for me recently, and a good friend of the blog enhanced it to make it even more readable than the original. Not quite as exciting as, say, purchasing a bible of a soldier who served in the 8th Connecticut for $3 at a community yard sale, but it's close. Sort of. (CLICK HERE FOR .PDF OF ENTIRE LETTER. IT'S A LARGE FILE.)
General Mansfield was one of more than 100 soldiers from Middletown, about 18 miles south of Hartford, who died during the Civil War. The most impressive exhibit at the Middlesex County Historical Society is a wall of photos of some of those soldiers from the town who gave the last full measure, including Mansfield and Private Robert Hubbard of the 14th Connecticut. I'll write much more about some of these soldiers in the coming weeks.
|A wall of Middletown's Civil War dead at the Middlesex County Historical Society|
in the former home of General Joseph Mansfield, who was mortally wounded at Antietam.
(The gentleman in the middle was not from Middletown, Conn.)