Huntsville, AL: [printed on a field press], 1862. Broadside, 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in., five paragraphs on ruled paper. Several folds, some wrinkling, wear along one edge; still a very good copy. Item #47557
Mitchell (1809-1862) was the country's leading astronomer, "largely responsible for establishing the Naval Observatory and the Harvard Observatory" (Warner's Generals in Blue). Commanding a division in Buell's Army of the Cumberland, Mitchel seized the Memphis and Charleston Railroad at Huntsville and there issued thanks to his troops: "[for] capturing not only [the enemy's] great Military Road, but all his machine Shops, Engines and rolling stock ... accept the thanks of your Commander, and let your future deeds demonstrate that you can surpass yourselves." Mitchell was soon transferred to command at Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he contracted yellow fever and died in October 1862. Scarce unrecorded by OCLC.