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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 430

On October 30, 1862 Union General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel died of yellow fever while stationed at Beaufort, South Carolina.  A West Point graduate, the multi-talented Mitchel primarily served as a professor at both West Point and Cincinnati College.  In 1845 he personally financed and constructed at Cincinnati the world’s second largest refracting telescope. 

Publishing the first monthly magazine in the United States devoted specifically to astronomy, Mitchel in 1861 volunteered for Union army service, leading a division in the Army of the Ohio from December 1861 to July 1862, while commanding the defenses of Nashville, Tennessee after its capture by the North.  Given command of the Union X Corps in South Carolina in September 1862, “Old Stars” Mitchel—“the father of American astronomy”--soon contracted the disease that took his life.