Born on May 26, 1846 in Daviess County, Kentucky to John Gideon Mitchell and Elizabeth L. Allen, Lucius Lantonus Mitchell enlisted as a Private on September 9, 1863 at the age of 17. He mustered into Company D, 35th KY Infantry, Union Army.
An historical marker in McLean County, Kentucky includes his name among twenty-two men listed as part of a Union force that defeated CSA General Adam R. Johnson’s Partisan Rangers. The unit had camped on nearby land in July of 1864.
On April 9, 1876 Lucius married Rachel A. Caskey in Daviess County, Kentucky. They moved to Arkansas and later to the Cherokee Nation Indian Territory, raising 9 children. Lucius, Rachel and five of their remaining eight children made the move to St. Cloud, Florida, being some of the first arrivals in the “Friendly Soldier City”.
At the age of 62 and just six weeks after settling in the new town, Lucius died of stomach cancer, as announced in his obituary in the “St. Cloud Tribune” dated December 16, 1909. There being no cemetery yet in St. Cloud, he was buried in nearby Kissimmee’s Rose Hill Cemetery. Ninety years later, with expenses being paid by Babe Grissom of Grissom Funeral Home and the burial site donated by the City of St. Cloud, Lucius was disinterred and reinterred in Mt. Peace Cemetery, near the monument to an unknown Civil War soldier. A public memorial service followed the burial and was attended by members of veterans groups.
Not only was the Grand Army of the Republic Post #34 in St. Cloud named in his honor but the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camp #4 chartered in 1988 is named after him.
Sources: Ancestry.com, newspaper articles, “In The Shade of the Trees” compiled by Anza Bast and Ann Bergelt