|At this time, Mitchel commanded the Third Division of the Army of the Ohio under Don Carlos Buell. Mitchel and his troops had occupied Huntsville, Ala., on April 11. Starting in September, he directed the Department of the South from Hilton Head, S.C. Nat. Cyc., 3:440; OR, ser. 1, v. 10, pt. 1:641-43; Mitchel to Chase, Sept. 19, 1862 ( Chase Papers, Hist. Soc. of Pa.).|
|Capt. John Barentse Yates (b. 1833) commanded the First Michigan Engineers, attached to Mitchel's division. Appletons', 6:638; OR, ser. 1, v. 10, pt. 2:85.|
|Lane (d. 1863) had been forced out of Kentucky because of his pro-Union sentiments, then was appointed a U.S. district judge in Alabama. Lanman, Biographical Annals, 289.|
|Former U.S. Senator Jeremiah Clemens of Huntsville, Ala., was a hesitant secessionist who moved to Philadelphia in 1862 because of his Unionist sentiments. DAB, 4:191-92.|
|Mitchel started an unsuccessful attack on Chattanooga on June 7. Long, Civil War Day by Day, 223.|
Autograph letter. Chase Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania ( micro 20:0271).
Port Royal 21 April 62.
My Dear Mr Chase--
I wrote you a very hurried note, expressing a willingness to accept Mr Stanton's appointment if it would aid the work and not bind me as to time. I have nothing further to add at this time--and await further advices from you.1 In a few weeks I shall go north to make an oral report to you--and I need the change from the intense and absorbing labor which I have been through.