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To the memory of
Dr. Charles Jouett Mitchell
born in
Frankford Ky.
May 31, 1813
Died in
Madison Pa[rish]. La.
Jany. 31, 1886

Here lies a good Samaritan, who
for fifty years, discharged the
duties of a physician

May he rest in peace

The Times-Democrat, February 3, 1886, page 2

The remains of Dr. Charles J. Mitchell, arrived here from Milliken's Bend to-day, and will be buried from the Catholic Church at 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.

Dr. Charles Jouett Mitchell's first wife was Lucinda's cousin, Mary Lucinda Davis, the daughter of Joseph Emory Davis. They were both nieces of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Mary lived at Hurricane Plantation as a young woman and in 1838 married Dr. Mitchell. They removed to Paris, France, where Dr. Mitchell would pursue his medical and classical studies. In Paris, they would have their first child, a son, Joseph Davis Mitchell, and return to Louisiana. Daughter Mary Elizabeth Mitchell [Hamer] was born next, back at Hurricane, followed by another son, Hugh in 1843. Mary's condition after Hugh was weakened and Dr. Mitchell sent her to Cuba in order to restore her health, however she died in 1846 and is buried in Brierfield Plantation in Letourneau, Warren County, Mississippi.

Dr. Charles Jouett Mitchell later married Lucinda Stamps Bradford. She died in 1919 and is interred at Cedar Hill.

According to the papers of Jefferson Davis, Dr. Mitchell was in Houston County, TX, 1862 - 1866.

No CSA service could be found for him. Perhaps his age kept him from enlisting. His occupation as a surgeon excused him from any draft. It is possible he practiced medicine in Texas, as he resided there during the war.

Despite no record or mention of Confederate service being found, he is included here.






From "The Papers of Jefferson Davis: June 1865 - December 1870":

Charles J. Mitchell had farmed in Houston County, Texas, since 1862. In 1866 he wanted to resume his medical practice somewhere near Vicksburg and offered to take charge of Hurricane [plantation] for his former father-in-law. In November he said that he and his ex-slaves planned to be back on his Louisiana plantation by Christmas. He had returned by mid-January 1867, reporting from Madison Parish that he was uncertain about planting; two months later he had a "miserable little house put up in great haste" and faced the prospect of overflow and ruin. At the end of 1867 Ben Montgomery talked with someone from "Dr. Mitchell's place," opining that if the men there "remain[ed] together and work[ed]," they could "make something, as well as save the place from going to distruction [sic]" (Davis Papers, 2:9; Mitchell to J. E. Davis, Jan. 16, May 6, June 16, Nov. 13-19, 1866, Jan. 21, 1867, Lise Mitchell to J. E. Davis, Jan. 21, [1867], LNT, Mitchell Papers, LNT, Mitchell Jour., 117-18; J. E. Davis to Davis, Mar. [3-7], 1867; Montgomery to J. E. Davis, Dec. 30, 1867, Ms-Ar Z1028, J. E. Davis Papers.)

On May 6, 1866, Mitchell requested information about "how many doctors [are] in V Burg - I mean to each house - and how many have starved" (to J. E. Davis, LNT, Mitchell Papers). By mid-1870 Mitchell was a local medical examiner for Davis' insurance company (Vicksburg Times, July 14, 1870).


From "Gaillard's Medical Journal" Vol. 42; pg. 343:

"DEATH OF DR. CHARLES JOUETT MITCHELL. - This occurred on the 31st day of January, 1886, in Madison Parish, La., of pneumonia. Dr. Mitchell was in the seventy-third year of his age, having been born in Frankfort, Ky., in 1813. He graduated at Transylvania University at Lexington, Ky., in 1835, going from there to the New York University of Medicine, and then to the University of Paris, France, where he graduated in 1840. On his return to the United States he settled in Madison Parish, and just after the war he located in Vicksburg, which he made his home until his death. As a classical scholar Dr. Mitchell had few equals, and his knowledge of his profession was most thorough. Many will remember his noble work during the last yellow-fever epidemic, when, in spite of his advanced age and delicate health, he refused to leave his post, and was himself seized by the disease, the effects of which he never entirely recovered from."


The Vicksburg paper reported that Dr. Charles Jouett Mitchell, age 73, died 31 Jan 1886 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. Elie Garnier, in Madison Parish, La. He died of pneumonia.

"His funeral will take place from St. Paul's Catholic church, Wednesday, Feb. 3d, at 9 o'clock a m, when High Mass will be sung. ... His remains will be interred in the family lot in the city cemetery." He was a classical scholar. "Such a life as his, admirable in its pure unselfishness, spotless integrity, and great modesty are but rare, but when we know of one, the man commands our love, respect and admiration. Such sentiments felt by so many true friends, place Mr. Mitchell in the list of those who dead live forever in the hearts of others."

Dr. Mitchell is on the census lists for 1850 (Madison Parish, La.); 1860 (Madison Parish, La.); 1870 (Warren County, Miss.);  and 1880 (Warren County, Miss.). His profession is shown as physician.


Thanks to Bryan Skipworth for information for this article.


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