Historical records matching James Mitchel
About James Mitchel
Captain James Mitchel was born in Newry, Ireland in February, 1840, a son of famous Irish Patriot John Mitchel, who, upon immigrating to the United States, became as fervent in his devotion to Southern Independence as he had been to Independence for Ireland, seeing both struggles as one in the same. He compared the United States Federal Government to England as: “..the commercial, manufacturing and money-broking power … greedy, grabbing, griping and groveling”.
James was one of three brothers to fight for the Confederacy and the only to survive the War, despite multiple injuries including the loss of his arm. He enlisted in the Edgefield district of South Carolina as a private on April 15th 1861, but quickly progressed to sergeant, then 3rd lieutenant on Oct. 23rd 1861. He led the Montgomery Guards at the Battle of Bull Run. He surrendered at Augusta, Georgia on May 19th, 1865, and was immediately paroled.
Following the War’s close, he settled in New York City, becoming heavily involved in Irish politics, and a high-ranking official in the New York City Fire Department. His son, John Purroy Mitchel became the youngest-ever mayor of New York City in 1914. James died in New York on May 10th, 1908, and he is buried in the Mitchel family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.