Rosecrans (aka Crans) Baldwin is a Chicago native who resides in Connecticut with his family by way of Nashville Tennessee. His son, Rosecrans B. Baldwin, is the author of several successful novels as well as countless
magazine articles for GQ and other publications. His daughter, Leslie, is a married real estate agent with two children who resides in Fairfield Ct. Crans has his own interior design consultation company in Darien, and his wife has been a beloved teacher there for many years.
Crans is a direct descendant of General Winfield Scott Hancock, and a more distant descendant of General William S. Rosecrans, both well known Union Generals in the Civil War. It is that family history that led to Crans' fascination with the American Civil War (also known as The War of the Northern Aggression). As a young boy, he found an old box in the attic of his family house in Chicago. The box contained memorabilia collected by General Rosecrans, including: a piece of a tree that fell on him when a cannon blast shattered the tree above him; the key to a famous Confederate prison; a shot mold; a soldier's sewing kit from the Army of the Cumberland; belt buckles from both armies, as well as other relics. He also found an original leather-bound set of the Annals of the Army of the Cumberland as well as an original copy of Rosecrans' report to Congress on the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn (Stones River). This started Crans on a journey that took him to Shiloh, Corinth, Stones River, Iuka, Gettysburg (3x), Antietam, and other battlefields. He also discovered CDVs nearly 20 years ago, and started slowly collecting the CDVs of Generals from both sides of the conflict peppered with a few rarities like CDVs of William Quantrill and John Wilkes Booth.
The Daguerreian Society is honored to feature The Rosecrans Baldwin Collection of Civil War Generals in its entirety for the 2018 Benefit Auction.