Died in 1862
(1809-1862) Graduated in the West Point class of 1829. In the next 7 years he served as an instructor at West Point, studied law, was admitted to the bar, resigned from the army, and became a member of the faculty of Cincinnati College where he taught astronomy, philosophy and mathematics. It was as a dedicated student of astronomy that Mitchel gained his claim to fame. He was largely responsible for establishing the Naval Observatory, the Harvard Observatory, the Cincinnati Observatory, and the Dudley Observatory. On Aug. 9, 1861, President Lincoln appointed him a brigadier general of volunteers and he was assigned to command of the Dept. of the Ohio. In March 1862, he seized the Memphis and Charleston Railroad at Huntsville, Ala., and sent raiding parties into Stevenson and Decatur to secure the tracks for the Union army. He was promoted to major general April 11, 1862. He then commanded the Dept. of the South and came down with yellow fever and died at Beaufort, S.C., Oct. 30, 1862.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Full standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, wearing sash, and sword. He holds his bummer's kepi with U.S. hat wreath insignia. Backmark: E. Anthony. Excellent condition.