James L. Mitchell papers
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James L. Mitchell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Mitchell, James L.
Title: James L. Mitchell papers
Dates: Bulk, 1889-1900
Dates: 1861-1985, undated
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (one half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS840

Biographical/Historical Note

James L. Mitchell, an Atlanta, Georgia, resident and officer of the Travelers Insurance Company, was a collector of Civil War memorabilia. He owned land adjacent to the site of the Battle of Allatoona, forty miles north of Atlanta, and his interest centered on that event. During the 1950s, he corresponded with families of the main participants of the battle and from them acquired descriptions, anecdotes, and facsimiles of letters and photographs of General Samuel G. French (Confederate) and General John Murray Corse (Federal). Additional biographical information about James L. Mitchell has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The James L. Mitchell collection contains .25 cubic feet of papers in thirteen folders. The greater part of the collection consists of reproductions of articles, memoirs, letters, newsclippings and maps. Some original correspondence of James L. Mitchell is included, but the bulk of the pre-1950 material is photocopied.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Allatoona (Ga.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James L. Mitchell papers, MSS 840, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1985


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Allatoona: battle reports and memoirs, 1862-1916, undated
2Allatoona, Lake: brochures and clippings, 1888-1961, undated
3Brown, Joseph E.: report on Battle of Allatoona, undated
4Brown, Joseph M.: account of Battle of Allatoona, 1890
5Corse, General John Murray: biographical material, undated
6French, General Samuel G.: biographical material, 1865, 1958, undated
7French, General Samuel G.: letters, 1861, 1866, 1869
8French, General Samuel G.: reports, 1861-1891, undated
9Maps: Allatoona battlefield and reservoir, 1893-1955, undated
10Maps: Allatoona battle site and dam site, 1942, undated
11Mitchell, James L. [donor and collection creator correspondence], 1955-1959, 1985, undated
12Pickett Guard [newspaper, St. Louis, Missouri], undated
13"Story of a Song" [Allatoona-inspired hymn: article], 1889