Category Archives: Ormsby Mitchel

August 6, 1862: No freed slaves given up

Sooy Smith defended himself against a report that he’d returned some escaped slaves to their former owners — from the context, it isn’t clear that this would always have been inappropriate, but in this case they had given the Union … Continue reading

Posted in Ormsby Mitchel, William Sooy Smith | Leave a comment

April 23, 1862: Buell dithers over Mitchel

Ormsby M. Mitchel After his “Great Locomotive Chase” escapade (see the Civil War Daily Gazette for details) came to a bad end, General O.M. Mitchel had taken Huntsville, Alabama and was prepared to hold it as a base for further … Continue reading

Posted in Alabama, Don Carlos Buell, Ormsby Mitchel | Leave a comment

April 17, 1862: Mitchel captures Huntsville, Alabama

Ormsby Mitchel The opening of the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers by the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, and the repulse of the Confederate forces at Corinth, had exposed not only Tennessee, but Mississippi and Alabama to Union attack. A … Continue reading

Posted in Alabama, Ormsby Mitchel | Leave a comment