Watson B. Smith Letters
This collection consists of five letters written by Watson B. Smith in the field in Tennessee in November and December 1863 to his father and a general order congratulating another commander. The first letter to his father discusses his promotion to assistant adjutant general and some fighting south of Knoxville. The other letters are short and concern attempts to secure another promotion, more fighting around Knoxville, and greeting the family.
- 1863 November-December
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This collection houses five letters written by Watson B. Smith in the field in Tennessee in November and December 1863 to his father and a general order congratulating another commander. The letters discuss his promotions and battles against the Confederates near Knoxville and offer his regards to his family.
Watson B. Smith enlisted as a Commissary Sergeant in Company C of the 8th Michigan Cavalry Regiment on August 27, 1862. He was promoted multiple times: to Lieutenant on November 6, 1862; to Acting Adjutant General on October 29, 1863; to Captain on April 15, 1864; to Major on November 14, 1864; to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel on March 13, 1865; and finally to Brevet Colonel on September 22, 1865. He was discharged in Detroit on October 6, 1865, after which he and his wife moved to Nebraska. Smith subsequently became a Clerk in the U. S. Circuit Court and was murdered on November 5, 1881 over his support for a blue law that would force saloons to pay a $1,000 dollar license fee and close on Sunday.
Collection consists of a single oversize folder.
Collection was purchased by Special Collections on April 8, 2007.