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Thomas K. Mitchell diary

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS C12


The diary entries are varied and detailed. Mitchell records an eclipse of the moon, observes the course of the war and the politics involved in it. He also observes military life, the prevalence and fatal consequences of diseases such as measles and mumps, the physical and demographic features of the country through which he traveled. There are lists of all the members of his company, their nativity and home towns.


  • Creation: 1861 - 1864


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Biography of Thomas K. Mitchell.

Mitchell enlisted in the 4th Regular Illinois Cavalry in 1861 and served three years with this unit as a sergeant in Company G. Mitchell saw duty in Illinois, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The 4th Illinois Cavalry participated in some of the most important campaigns in the Mississippi Valley--the Battle of Shiloh, the siege of Vicksburg, and the operations in the vicinity of Jackson and Natchez. Mitchell, himself, is quite interesting; he studied algebra in his spare time, attended the theatre while stationed in Memphis, participated in Bible study. He also declined an invitation to a Christmas Eve ball in Natchez because he did not "desire acquaintance with Rebel ladies".


1 volume (169 pages, 21cm. Holograph. )

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Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift. Owen Mitchell, 1959.

Guide to the Thomas K. Mitchell Collection
Thomas K. Mitchell diary
lgg 5 February 1971 mg 2004
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Thomas K. Mitchell Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS C12, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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