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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2020 10:44 p.m. PST

""It was bad enough and sad enough that Gen. Mansfield should be mortally wounded once, but to be wounded six, seven or eight times in as many localities is too much of a story to let stand unchallenged."

Adjutant Gould made it his life mission to prove that the General, XII Corps commander at Antietam, received his mortal wound in front of the 10th Maine in the East Woods and that the 125th Pennsylvania erred when they asserted that their men assisted him from his horse in the Woods west of and behind the 10th Maine. Having re-examined the evidence, I have concluded that they both assisted the general from the field and that he, more than likely, did get mortally wounded in front of the 10th Maine somewhere in front of the regiment's left wing.

Reconstructing the incident requires sorting the know facts from the assumed facts. Gould never changed his story that he assisted Mansfield from the field, however, his detailed narration of the event continually evolved with each telling. I am starting with his earliest account of the incident. In The Civil War Journals of John Mead Gould, 1861-1866 (Baltimore, 1997, 194) he noted in his diary entry:…"
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