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Watson B. Smith Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3104

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.

Dates

  • 1863 November-December

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

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.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single oversize folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections on April 8, 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480