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Henry Milnor MitchellRoster ID 3149
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1868|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Henry Milnor Mitchell, Class of 1868: Genealogy: Born- Dec. 14, 1847 in Richmond, Va. Father- Samuel Phillips Mitchell; Mother- Rebecca Klapp. Pat. Grandfather- William Mitchell; Pat. Grandmother- Sarah Corliss. Mat. Grandparents- unknown. Married- Susan Glassell, daughter of Hon. Andrew Glassell of Los Angeles, Ca. in 1879. Children- Two daughters, names unknown. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Dec. 24, 1864; Left around April 2, 1865 when the Corps of Cadets was disbanded and evacuated from Richmond, Va. Military Record: May have been the "H. M. Mitchell" who enlisted in Richmond, Va. at the age of 16 as Private in Co. G, 3rd Regiment of Va. Local Defense Troops; served with the VMI Corps of Cadets in the trenches at Richmond Dec. 24, 1864 - April 2, 1865. Careers: Raised wheat and tobacco in Va. after the Civil War; taught school in North Carolina in 1867; traveled through Nicaragua to settle in Los Angeles, Ca. in 1868; worked as a surveyor and later a reporter and writer of California stories; attended law school for two or three years, being admitted to the bar in 1872 and to practice before the Supreme Court in 1879; He was under- sheriff during the incumbency of Alexander and Rowland and captured the notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez; also served as public administrator and Notary Public; served as Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of Staff when General John M. Baldwin was in command of the First Brigade National Guard of Ca.; elected Sheriff of Los Angeles in 1877; resumed practicing law once his term as Sheriff was up in 1880; was Grand Marshall of the celebration of the city of Los Angeles in the Centennial of National Independence. Died- Dec. 7, 1890. Accidentally shot by a friend while hunting in the mountains near Los Angeles.|