Smith (James McDonald) Papers, 1861-1862, 2 Items

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Cite As:James McDonald Smith Papers, 1861-1862, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-E10-c

Transcription(s): Yes

Scanned Copies on File: No

Accession Number: 1996.066

Processed by: Mary Hayes, May 2006

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Abstract: 2 signed, dated letters written by Union soldier James McDonald Smith. James was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; no other biographical information is available. The first letter, which includes the original transmittal envelope and cancelled U.S. three-cent stamp, is dated October 20, 1861. In this letter, Smith writes a reassuring, colorful letter to his wife. He talks about life in camp, mentions the sighting of a loose reconnaissance balloon, and the Army\'s unqualified devotion to General McClellan. The letter dated March 18, 1862 relates an account of his regiment\'s Falls Church march in inclement weather.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

James McDonald Smith was a Union soldier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. No other biographical information is available.

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