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General Edmund Kirby Smith Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3731

This collection contains a single handwritten letter from General Edmund Kirby Smith, writing from Knoxville, Tenn. on August 10, 1862, to Brigadier General Thomas Jordan, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The letter includes information on Union General Don Carlos Buell's forces via General John H. Morgan.

Dates

  • 1862 August 10

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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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 contains a single handwritten letter from General Edmund Kirby Smith, writing from Knoxville, Tenn. on August 10, 1862, to Brigadier General Thomas Jordan, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The letter includes information on Union General Don Carlos Buell's forces via General John H. Morgan.

Biographical/Historical Note

General Edmund Kirby Smith was born May 16, 1824 in Florida to Joseph Lee Smith (1776-1846) and Frances Kirby Smith (1785-1875). After attending a military boarding school in Virginia, Smith attended and graduated from West Point. He began service with the U. S. Army in 1845. He fought in the Mexican-American War under Gen. Zachary Taylor and later served with the Confederacy during the Civil War. In February 1862, he was put in command of the Army of East Tennessee. Smith married Cassie Selden (1836-1905) in September 1861, and together, they had eleven children. Following the Civil War, Smith became a professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. He died March 28, 1893 from pneumonia and is buried in the university cemetery at Sewanee.

Repository Details

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

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