James and Pomeroy Mitchell portrait   Save
James and Pomeroy Mitchell portrait
Description: Tintype portrait of James H. and Augustus Pomeroy Mitchell, soldiers in the 16th Independent Battery, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery. Augustus Pomeroy Mitchell served in the 16th Battery, which mustered in on September 5, 1861, under his brother, Captain James Anderson Mitchell. They were attached to the 1st Division, District of Southeast Missouri, Department of the Missouri until May 1862. The 16th Battery joined General Samuel Ryan Curtis’ army at Batesville and then marched to Helena on July 15th. In 1863 they moved to Vicksburg to join General Ulysses S. Grant’s army and fought in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hill, and the Siege of Vicksburg. The 16th Independent Battery mustered out on August 2, 1865, at Camp Chase. James H. Mitchell, also pictured, enlisted as a bugler with the 16th Battery. Augustus Pomeroy Mitchell was born January 31, 1840, to Archibald and Sarah Swigart Mitchell, pioneer residents of Bethel Township in Clark County who lived on a farm a few miles east of New Carlisle, Ohio. He attended Linden Hill Academy and Wittenberg College. At 21 he volunteered for the Civil War and first entered for three months service in Company C, 1st Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. On August 20th, 1861, he entered service for three years as a member of the 16th Battery alongside three of his brothers and several cousins. He took active part in the Champion Hill Battle and the Siege of Vicksburg as a gunner. Mitchell was mustered out on August 2, 1865. In 1868 he married Emma Swaney of Enon, Ohio. They settled in Springfield, where they had three children: Jessie Mitchell, Earl W. Mitchell, and Iowa Mitchell Smith. In 1882, Mitchell moved his family to New Carlisle, where he served as mayor for two terms, as well as Justice of the Peace. He also served as president for the Western Pioneer Association for a number of years and was a member of Mitchell Post, G.A.R. Springfield, which was named in honor of his brother Captain James Anderson Mitchell. Augustus Pomeroy Mitchell died on August 18, 1915. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: MSS1503AV_B01F34_Mitchell
Subjects: Ohio--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Soldiers--Ohio--Photographs; Military life;
Places: Springfield (Ohio); Clark County (Ohio)