Search billions of records on

Home Civil War Index



California Genealogy and History Archives

Civil War Veterans


PVT: JOHN E. MITCHELL of the 6th California Infantry, Company “I” of the California Column. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

John E. Mitchell was born in Kentucky in estimated 1828-38?, At the outbreak of the Civil War , he enlisted out of Benicia Barracks on September 30th, 1864 and was mustered out of service on December 20th, 1865 with the rest of his company at the Presidio in San Francisco. After the war he married (name of wife is unknown at this time, and has one daughter, only referred as Mrs. Jackson.) He was a member of the James Blair Steedman GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 56 based out of Salinas. He was a resident in Long Valley. John Mitchell died on February 25th, Thursday in 1897 and is buried in the IOOF Garden of Memories Memorial Park in the GAR Plot in Salinas, California.

The following is a transcription of his obituary.

MITCHELL, JOHN E. (1828-1897) IOOF 
(Salinas Weekly Journal Feb 27, 1897)

A G.A.R. Man’s Death 
One by one the old veterans drop out of the ranks. The latest to pass away is John E. Mitchell, a native of Kentucky whose death occurred Thursday at the county hospital. He was for many years in the employ of the late James Lowe as teamster, and had latterly resided in Long valley. he was liberal-hearted and loyal to his friends and had not a known enemy in the world. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Jackson of Oakland. He will be buried under the auspices of General J.B. Steedman Post, No. 56, G.A.R., of which he was a member.

(Salinas Weekly Journal March 6, 1897)
Laid at Rest 
The veteran J.E Mitchell was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery Saturday forenoon. Rev. A.L. Mitchell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church read the burial services of the Church at W.M. Vanderhurst’s undertaking parlors, and about a dozen G.A.R. members accompanied the remains to their last resting place where they were committed to mother earth by Rev. A.L. Mitchell. It was a subject of comment that the G.A.R. Post under whose auspices the funeral took place, omitted the G.A.R. ceremonies at the grave.

(click on photos for larger view)


mitchell-john-headstone.jpg (115142 bytes) mitchell-john-obit.jpg (157049 bytes)    


Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009