Joseph K.F. Mansfield

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Joseph K.F. Mansfield (1803-1862) - Born 22 Dec 1803 in New Haven, Connecticut. Rose to the rank of Major General in the Union Army, served in the Mexican-American War and later as Inspector General of the U.S. Army. Died 18 Sep 1862 at the Battle of Antietam during the U.S. Civil War.

General Joseph. K.F. Mansfield

He entered the United States Military Academy and graduated in the Class of 1822 ranking 2nd out of 40 graduates. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Corp of Engineers. He served and was brevetted a Colonel for action in the Mexican-American War. As a Colonel and Inspector General of the U.S. Army in 1853-1854 he toured the western forts and wrote detailed reports that were published as "Mansfield on the Condition of the Western Forts, 1853-54", leaving a clear picture of the fortifications in the early west. He was mortally wounded at the head of his troops on 17 Sep 1862 at the Battle of Antietam and died at a field hospital the next day. One of 10 General Officers killed at Antietam. He is interred in Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut.


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