Benjamin Bentley Mitchell
Born on Jan. 14, 1839, Tioga County, son of Richard and Harriett (Dartt-Miller) Mitchell; Benjamin was educated in public schools, Lewisburg University (Bucknell), and Bryant and Stratton’s Business School, Buffalo, New York. He organized a Bradford cavalry company in 1861 that became Co. F, of the 11th Pa. Cavalry, 108th Regt., PVI, elected 1st Lt., three-year service. Mitchell received a promotion to captain, March 13, 1862, action at: Williamsburg and the Peninsula Campaign; scouting raids and patrols during the Virginia-Blackwater and Eastern North Carolina campaigns (James River to Albemarle Sound); defeated Confederate Gen. Pryor at “Deserted House;” fought at Franklin; the Siege of Suffolk; Dismal Swamp; Portsmouth; Norfolk; White House; Hanover Court House; and took part in the sabotage of the Virginia Central Railroad. He refused a major’s commission to remain in the service after three years, declining because of poor health and discharged September 24, 1864. Mitchell returned to Bradford County; pursued business interests; was a member of the state House, 1883; the state Senate, 1893-1900; and died May 24, 1904. His wife was Ellen Eliza Pomeroy.