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Confederate (CSV)

Captain

Robert Miller Mitchell, Jr.

(1843 - ?)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Company Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Son of a Lynchburg blacksmith,1 he was an 18 year old student in April 1861 when he enlisted and was made Lieutenant in Company A, 11th Virginia Infantry. He was promoted to Captain of the Company on 26 April 1862 when Captain George Woodville Latham retired.2

On the Campaign

He succeeded to command of the Regiment after Major Clement was wounded on 14 September.2

The rest of the War

He was absent as a member of a Court Martial through October 1862, and was absent sick from November to April 1863. He was wounded in action on 3 July 1863 during Pickett's Charge, Gettysburg. In May 1864 he was again in command of the Regiment as senior officer present, and narrowly avoided capture during action immediately prior to the battle of Cold Harbor.2 Captain Mitchell was in command of what was left of the 11th on the Appomattox Campaign in 1865.3

Birth

1843 in VA

Death

Date not known

Notes

1   US Census Bureau, and and Nancy Byrd, transcriber, 1850 US Federal Census, Campbell County, Virginia, Published 2002, first accessed 17 November 2005, <http://www.rootsweb.com/~cenfiles/va/campbell/1850/>, Source page: Sheet No. 73B (file /p073b.txt)  [AotW citation 311]

2   Bell, Robert T., 11th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va.): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1985, roster  [AotW citation 312]

3   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Ser. 1, Vol 46, Part 2 (Appomattox - Serial 96) , Page 1268  [AotW citation 313]