Separated at Birth?

Published:June 25, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Confederate colonel William R. J. Pegram (whose death is chronicled here) looked an awful lot like Dustin Hoffman, right?

An archivist at the Virginia Historical Society, Colin Woodward, thought so and even mailed the actor a copy of the above portrait. Hoffman replied:

Dear Colin,

I’ve been out of the country, just got back into the office and there waiting on my desk was my soul mate from the Civil War.

Thank you so much for thinking of me.

All the best,


Seems to me there’s a little John Cusack in there, too. It’s the small mouth.