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Henry W. Smart Letter

 Collection
Identifier: SC 00285

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry W. Smart, Richmond, Va., to "Sister," no place. He expresses fear at the approach of the oncoming "Yankees". He writes that Jefferson Davis is determined to defend Richmond to the "last extremity" and comments on the sinking of the Merrimac. He mentions Stonewall Jackson's victory at Winchester, Va., and his opinions of various generals, including "Old P.G.T. Beauregard, who is "too fond of retreating and not fighting". Smart feels that the military tactics used in Virginia have not been well planned and that nothing will happen until Gen. George B. McClellen outwits them [Confederate forces].

Dates

  • 1862 May 26

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Extent

0.01 Linear Foot

Language

English

Custodial History

The Henry W. Smart Letter was part of the Civil War Collection, Mss. 39.1 C76, until November 2017. The former citation was Civil War Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Author
Karen King, SCRC Staff
Date
October 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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