Nelson Mitchell

Nelson Mitchell

Birth
South Carolina, USA
Death 22 Feb 1864 (aged 51–52)
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 50202880 · View Source
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Nelson Mitchell was an attorney in Charleston, South Carolina.

During the American Civil War, he represented Black Union POWs Sergeant Walter A. Jeffries and Corporal Charles Hardy of the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in a trial intended to execute them. Under acts of the Confederate Congress, they were tried for "servile insurrection," though both were freedmen of the North. Mitchell, a Union supporter who had remained in Charleston during the war, fearlessly took and won their case, saving their lives and helping set the precedent for the treatment of non-White Union POWs during the remainder of the war.
Contributor: Kim R (49451011)


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  • Maintained by: Kim / 54th Mass. Maven
  • Originally Created by: Saratoga
  • Added: 25 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50202880
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nelson Mitchell (1812–22 Feb 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50202880, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Kim / 54th Mass. Maven (contributor 49451011) .