★  Mitchell, Robert Byington

Robert Byington Mitchell

Born: April 4, 1823

Birthplace: Mansfield, Ohio

Father: Gavin Mitchell

Wife: Jennie St. John 1833 – 1921


Pettie Mitchell 1855 – 1857​
(Buried: Oaklawn Cemetery, La Cygne, Kansas)​


Graduated from Kenyon College – (School has no record)​
Graduated from Washington College – (School has no record)​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Mansfield, Ohio​
Served in the Mexican – American War rising to the rank of 2nd Lt.​
Mayor of Mount Gilead, Ohio​
Kansas Territory Representative​
1857 – 1858: Delegate to the Leavenworth Convention​
1859 – 1861: Treasurer of Kansas Territory​
1860: Delegate to Democratic Party National Convention​

Civil War Career:

1861: Adjutant General for the State of Kansas​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 2nd Kansas Infantry Regiment​
1861: Wounded in the groin during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek​
Treated at the New Court House Hospital in Springfield, Missouri​
1862 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
Commander of a Mixed Brigade at Fort Riley​
1862: Division Commander at the Battle of Perryville​
1863: Chief of Cavalry to Major General George H. Thomas​
1863: Sick with Typhoid Pneumonia in Nashville, Tennessee​
1863 – 1864: Served on Court Martial Duty in Washington, D.C.​
1864 – 1865: Served as Commander of the Department of Kansas​
1865: Saw service following Indian raid at Julesburg, Colorado​
1866: Honorably Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1882: Suffered from the effects of Asthma​
1866 – 1869: Governor of New Mexico Territory​
1872: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congressman​
1872 – 1882: Lived in Washington, D.C.​

Died: January 26, 1882

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Asthma and Pneumonia

Age at time of Death: 58 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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