Major General Ormsby M. Mitchel Carte


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Carte view of Major General Ormsby M. Mitchel of Ohio. Ormsby would lead a division in the Army of the Ohio from December 1861 to July 1862, and was placed in charge of the defense of Nashville, Tennessee with headquarters in the vicinity of Shelbyville. He became famous after he seized the city of Huntsville, Alabama in April 1862 without a shot being fired, after he led his troops there from Shelbyville in a surprise maneuver. Ormsby would be promoted to major general for his efforts in capturing the city. In September 1862, he assumed command of X Corps and the Department of the South at Hilton Head, South Carolina, but died in Beaufort of yellow fever shortly after assuming his post. He is probably best known for his role in conspiring with espionage agent James Andrews on plans to steal a train in Georgia and disrupt a railroad vital to the Confederacy, coinciding with Mitchel’s planned attack on Chattanooga. The raid failed, as did Mitchel’s military operation. Andrews and a number of his men were captured. Andrews himself was among eight men who were tried in Chattanooga and executed for their crime. This one is slightly trimmed and faint. The reverse bears this wonderful period ink inscription reading “Major General O. M. Mitchel Comdg 10th Army Corps Hilton Head, Port Royal S.C. Novbr. 12/62”.

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