I'm still a skeptic, though.
There are lots of references from his lifetime readily available, some
written by the General himself, and every one I've seen spelled it
HOFMANN. His monograph on Gettysburg and his address at the dedication a
Reynolds painting (1880), an 1861 recruiting notice, the transcriptions
of his reports in the ORs, his letter to the editor of the National
Tribune and his own "Military Record" (1884), for example. Not to
mention all the references to and by him in the ORs, Bates' notes, his
listing as a Mason, the MOLLUS Commandery, his NY Times death notice,
The weight of all these documents - especially those written by him -
suggest there might be another explanation for the one document "in his
own hand" that Mr Waskie found. I don't see them all coming from a
single misguided/misspelled source, do you?
I'm not certain either way, but I like the HOFMANN spelling. I'll note
the alternative chosen for his grave and the reason on his AotW bio.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Brevet Brigadier General Hoffman - mystery
> From: 128thpa@...
> Date: Sun, January 04, 2009 12:42 pm
> To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
> Hello all! I contacted Andy Waskie who was involved in getting the new marker for Gen Hoffman: Here is what he wrote me back.
> Re: Bvt. Brig. Gen J. William Hoffman
> Yes, I was the one who obtained his grave marker and we
> placed it and dedicated ca. 10 years ago, as were many other
> grave similarly marked over the years.
> I checked his application to the MEADE Post #1, GAR signed
> in his own hand and he spelled his name:
> J.W. Hoffman.
> Next time you come to the museum, I will show you the form.
> So, it appears that the General signed his name with two f's.
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