Joseph Henry Mitchell, 23rd MS, Company I, fought at Franklin

Joseph Henry Mitchell enlisted in the J.W. Thompson Invincibles in Company E of the 23rd MS Infantry. The picture below shows him in a brown uniform with black chest braids which may have been influenced by the “Army of Mississippi” regulations.

He is holding a foot artillery sword and has a .44cal Colt Army revolver tucked into his belt, which is fastened with a US Army pattern 1834 general service clasp.

Mitchell fought with the 23rd MS at Franklin, in Adams’s Brigade. The 23rd saw action around the Cotton Gin at Franklin. He would’ve faced fire from two Union Brigades; Reilly’s and Casement’s. He survived Franklin, though some of his comrades were not as lucky.

Picture credit: The Confederate Army 1861-1865: South Carolina and Mississippi, p. 33.

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