EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published on Richland Source in 2015.

There are a couple of old diehard soldiers who have been standing watch over the Square in Mansfield for a long time. One of them is the infantryman from World War I who came to town in 1922 to memorialize Richland County boys who fought in the Great War.

Originally this Doughboy stood on the east side of the Square and his gaze was cast toward the rising sun down Park Avenue East. In 1958 the road was cut through the Square right under his feet, so he was repositioned facing his old friend of many years - the Civil War soldier. 

When this WWI enlisted man first came to town at the invitation of the Daughters of the American Revolution, he was made of Italian marble and appeared bright white even when it wasn’t snowing. Some years after he moved 50 yards west he was cast in bronze to better withstand the Richland County winters. 

 

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