Oh for Dixie!
Joe and Lavon Ashley
Standing Pine Press, Colorado Springs
($19.95 at Morningside Books)
Contains information on Albert Washington Mitchell (1810-1881, his wife Susan Ann Cone Mitchell, and their sons Albert Pierce Mitchell and his wife Frances Hines (parents of Leona A. Mitchell, who was married to William Ransom Wilson; they are the parents of Willie Arnold Wilson who died in 1948), Benjamin Franklin Mitchell, George Fellows Mitchell (and wife Nancy Merritt Davis), and Whitman William Mitchell (and his wife Alice Jane Davis).
These four Mitchell sons served in the 30th Mississippi Infantry, Company D, otherwise known as the “Dixie Heroes” from Attala County, Mississippi:
Whitman William Mitchell was killed 31 December 1862 during the Battle at Murfreesboro, TN (more information, including maps, here) He was hit by a cannon ball while attempting to aid his younger brother Albert Pierce Mitchell who had been severely injured. He was 29 years old.
Benjamin Frankin Mitchell was killed during the fighting around Atlanta in August 1864 and may be buried in Atlanta’s beautiful Oakland Cemetery.
George Fellows Mitchell struggled with rheumatism during his enlistment. After the war he returned to Attala County.
Albert Pierce Mitchell was injured severely in the jaw during the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. (See information and links above. His older brother Whitman came to his aid and was killed.) Pierce was sent to a confederate hospital in Marietta, Georgia. On 24 November 1863 he was captured at the Battle of Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee and was imprisoned in Rock Island Barracks, Illinois. He was exchanged on 28 March 1865 and sent to Camp Lee near Richmond, Virginia. He returned to Attala County.