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CPL: Carmel H. Mansfield, of the 8th California Infantry, Company A. Civil War Veteran of the “California Column”.

Carmel H. Mansfield was born in Hancock County, Ohio on December 6th, 1835. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted into Company A, of the 8th California infantry out of Watsonville on November 12th, 1864 and was discharged out of Fort Point, San Francisco on October 24th, 1865.

Profile of C.H. Mansfield is in the Transcribed Biographical sketches & local obituary out of the “Salinas Daily Index” issue July 27th, 1904. (Below)


Source: Guinn, James Miller History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1903. Copyright 1902 by the Chapman Publishing Co.) p. 453, 454, with port. facing p. 453.

C. H. MANSFIELD The interests owned by Mr. Mansfield are centered around Monterey county, where he has long made his home. Since 1892 he has resided on a farm of nine hundred acres, known as Lowe Station from the fact that in the early days the stages were accustomed to stop at this point. Embraced within the farm are nine hundred acres, much of which is under cultivation to the usual farm products. However, the ownership of this farm does not represent the limit of his interests and activities, for his landed possessions aggregate thirty-five hundred acres, a large part of which is improved. Since 1869 he has devoted his attention largely to the raising of cattle, hogs and horses, and at this writing owns five hundred head of cattle, much of which is of a fine grade.

In Hancock county, Ohio, Mr. Mansfield was born December 6, 1835. His father, Amos W. Mansfield, came to California in 1850 via the overland route, and at first engaged in mining and prospecting, but during the winter of 1851-52 returned to Ohio for his family. His second trip across the plains was made in the spring of 1852, when he brought his family overland in a "prairie schooner," with ox-teams. In February of 1853 he arrived in Monterey, where he secured employment at teaming and hauling logs. In the fall of 1853 he moved to Santa Cruz county and turned his attention to ranching, in which he continued until his death in 1883.

At twenty-one years of age C. H. Mansfield started out in life for himself, having previously gained considerable business experience through assisting his father in a number of enterprises. Being most familiar with farming, he chose it for his occupation, and did not for a time give any attention to the stock business. However, during 1859, when he removed to San Luis Obispo county, he began to acquire cattle interests, and has since made a specialty of stock-raising. During the dry years of 1863 and 1864 he lost five hundred head of cattle from the effects of the drought, but with that exception he was uniformly prospered. In the fall of 1864 he enlisted as a private in Company A, Eighth California Infantry, his term to be for three years or until the expiration of the war. Going with his company to San Francisco, he there expected orders to be sent to Mexico, but instead was retained in this state, remaining in the camp until 1865, when he was honorably discharged.

After a few years as a farmer in the vicinity of Watsonville, in 1869 Mr. Mansfield came to Monterey county and settled near Gorda, where he became interested in the stock business in the Pacific valley. His initial experience as a stock-raiser was gained with stock bought from James Prewitt, to which herd he has added from time to time until he has acquired many head of stock, of excellent grades. In 1872 he married Mendocino M. Plaskett, by whom he has six sons and four daughters, namely: Edwin E., Sallie, Asa C., Laura W., Jasper A., Walter P., Minnie M., Sherman, Belle and J. G. Blaine. The political affiliations of Mr. Mansfield are with the Republican party, of whose principles he is a stanch supporter. In fraternal relations he is connected with the Grand Army Post at Salinas. As might be expected of a man so energetic and capable, he holds a high position among the people of Monterey county, and particularly among those of his own immediate locality.

* Military Roster of the 8th California Infantry Company A, has his name listed 
at CPL: Carmel H. Mansfield. 
* [Stan Stevens Notes)
#1: in re: Mansfield, Colonel Horry [Curnell Harry] -- I have a transcription (from 
the manuscript in the Archives of the Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz) of the 
Great Register of Santa Cruz County (1866-1875), in which his name appears as 
"Colonel Horry Mansfield."
#2: For other information on the Mansfield name, see Donald Thomas Clark's 
Monterey County Place Names pp. 292-294. Clark wrote that Mansfield, "spent 
two and half years at the mouth of the Columbia River during the Civil War." 
Furthermore, Clark quotes an interview of his son, Walter Plaskett "Pete" 
Mansfield, and "County records" that apparently use his name as: "Curnell Harry 
Mansfield." Clark also quotes Guinn.]


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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009