Sunny South Guards

Military Flag Presentation Ceremony


The following Florida Veteran is being honored in this project:


Age at enlistment: 30

Born: 3 September, 1831 in Jefferson County, Alabama

Parents:  Thomas Mitchell and Elizabeth Sterns

Died: 14 October, 1903 in Hillsborough County, Florida

Final Resting Place: (Historical) Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa, Florida

Married: Mary Eugenia Spencer on 11 April, 1866 in Hillsborough County, Florida.

At age 15, he went to Tampa, where he studied law and was admitted to practice in 1849.

Was the State Attorney before the War but resigned to serve.  Promoted to Captain on 24 October, 1862 and commended for leading his company at the first battle of Murfreesboro.  Was detailed to detached service recruiting in Florida on 31 August, 1863.  While there he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives from for Hillsborough County, Florida.  He resigned from service on November 30, 1864 and assumed office.

Capt. Lauren's older brother, Robert, also served in the Company.

He served again in the 1873 and 1875 sessions.  He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1888 and served until 1891, when he resigned to become a candidate for Governor.  He told his first Legislature the state was "in a prosperous condition" although the government's own finances did not present "a healthy showing".  After his term as Governor, Mitchell was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court and then County Treasurer of Hillsborough County.  He died in Tampa on October 14, 1903.

Collected a Florida Confederate Veteran's Pension #A01996 in Hillsborough County, Florida.


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Special Thanks to Aimee Gilmore for the research for this Roll of Honor