Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Identifying individuals in the A.J. Russell Promontory Champagne photograph

From: "Sheldon Walton" sheldonwalton@yahoo.com
Subject: Joining of the Rails, May 10, 1869, Promontory, Utah

Joining of the Rails, May 10, 1869, Promontory, Utah

The Picture of the two trains facing each other, with all the men around.

Any way of identifying who's who?

6 Comments:

Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Who are you trying to identify?

5/10/2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Sheldon Walton" sheldonwalton@yahoo.com

Charles Henry Mitchell was born in September, 1847, the son of Jessie and Elmira Mitchell of Letter E Plantation.  On May 5, 1864, he enlisted from Letter E in Company I, 32nd Maine Infantry.  The 32nd Maine was organized at Augusta in the spring of 1864, and was engaged in battles at the Wilderness, Spottsylvania and the siege of Petersburg.  Before it was consolidated with the 31st Maine in December, 1864, the 32nd lost 85 men in battle and 117 to disease.  Mitchell was transferred to Company I, 31st Maine Infantry, on December 1, 1864, and was later transferred to the 1st Veteran Reserve, which was made up of partially disabled soldiers who were not fit for regular duty.  There is no record of his date of discharge. Mitchell married Lucy Jane Lakin, and in 1870 they lived with his parents in Letter E.  In 1880 he had a farm in Letter E, and he and his wife had two children.  He applied for a pension in June, 1892.  In 1900, he and his wife and two sons lived in East Livermore, where he was a yard foreman at a paper mill.  He died in 1909, and his widow applied for a pension in February of that year.

I understand that he and his family moved to Livermore Falls Maine, where he worked at the I.P. Mill.
 
I understand he had Railroad experience. (Somewhere, Somehow.) 

5/10/2007 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the connection between a Maine soldier and your question about May 10, 1869 Promontory, Utah?

5/10/2007 3:33 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Sheldon Walton" sheldonwalton@yahoo.com

Charles Henry Mitchell

was born in Leeds Maine, in the 1840's.

Served during the Civil War.

Was a Yard Forman in the International Paper Mill in Jay Maine.

Died, Feb 1909.

9/13/2007 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh? Still have no clue as to what this has to do with the transcontinental railroad or the joining of the rails at Promontory.

9/13/2007 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Sheldon walton said...

I was told that he might have been there, being that he had railroad knowledge.

4/19/2008 9:34 AM  

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