Lou Benfante, president of the Heritage Library Foundation, dressed as Ormsby M. Mitchel, left, for whom Fort Mitchel was named, leads a tour group March 26, 2016, at the fort along with other re-enactors.
Lou Benfante, president of the Heritage Library Foundation, dressed as Ormsby M. Mitchel, left, for whom Fort Mitchel was named, leads a tour group March 26, 2016, at the fort along with other re-enactors. Theophil Syslo
Lou Benfante, president of the Heritage Library Foundation, dressed as Ormsby M. Mitchel, left, for whom Fort Mitchel was named, leads a tour group March 26, 2016, at the fort along with other re-enactors. Theophil Syslo

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