I appreciate your precise scholarship, Eugene, in pointing out that Major General Galusha Pennypacker had no descendants himself, but what about his brothers and sisters, or cousins, or aunts and uncles, or grandfathers and grandmothers, etc., etc.? Did ANY of them have other descendants? If so, THEY might be equally proud of his accomplishments as the youngest General in the Civil War and would like to have his portrait in their family histories too. I stand ready to provide it-- freely, to one person at a time. I have not yet been deluged with requests for it-- not a one.
Please don't discourage relational descendants from asking for his portrait, but I'm sure that was not the purpose of your response. I do believe that you were simply stating the fact that he had no direct descendants, as I had assumed--wrongly, as you pointed out.
Nevertheless, there may be other relational descendants, however distant they may be, who might like the portrait. All they will have to do is send an email to me and I will provide it immediately and freely. My email address can be found by clicking on my underlined name above. I don't charge a thing or make a cent by sending a scan of the portrait-- all I want to do is help the family of General Pennypacker (family in the widest sense of the word) have access to his portrait, which may, and should be, very important to them. Many of them might not even know that there exists such a portrait.
Those relational descendants don't even have to come to me for the portrait since they may write to the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Pa., and purchase a copy of the Historical Society's 2008 Antiques Show program in which General Pennypacker's portrait appears on p. 14. Indeed, I encourage them to do so. Then they can scan it themselves and thus have, EN FIN, exactly what I'm offering to send. Purchasing the program directly from the Society is without doubt the best way to get the portrait for the Society can well use the funds, I'm sure.
I purchased the program by paying to attend the Society's 2008 antiques show a week ago, just as I have for about as long as the Society's antiques show has been in existence (I am really OLD). By having done so, I don't believe that the Society will hold it against me to provide scans to a very few individual members of the family at no cost. That is very far from selling thousands of copies for personal gain, which is the exact opposite of what I am doing. I simply want relational descendants to know that such a portrait exists and where it can be found.
However, I do appreciate your scholarship and acknowledge your desire to have it known that General Pennypacker has NO direct descendants himself. More's the pity. What a terrible war that was.
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