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The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 10: The Armies and the Leaders. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), Chapter
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Mitchel, Ormsby McKnight 1810- Astronomer and soldier; born in Union county, Ky., Aug. 28, 1810; graduated at West Point in 1829, and was assistant Professor of Mathematics there until 1831. He became a lawyer, and for ten years (1834-44) was Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Astronomy in Cincinnati College. When an
he became its director.
Soon afterwards he became engineer of a railroad, and from 1859 to 1861 he was director of the Dudley Observatory at Albany, N. Y. Professor Mitchel was a very popular lecturer on astronomy, but the breaking out of the Civil War turned his extraordinary energies into another field of effort.
In August, 1861, he was made
Ormsby McKnight Mitchel. a brigadier-general of volunteers and ordered to the Department of the Ohio.
The Confederate forces under Gen. A. S. Johnston, when they passed through Nashville (q. v.) pushed on to Murfreesboro, and there, taking a southwesterly course, joined the forces under Beauregard at Corinth,