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Mollie Smart Letter

Identifier: SC 00325

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Scope and Contents

A letter from Mollie Smart, Petersburg, Va., to her fiance George, away on a sea voyage. She received his letter dated July 12th from Bavaria as well as the one from Melbourne. Her uncle and the rest of the family (black and white) have been ill. Her friends think she will make a Yankee a poor wife. She relates the events of April 2, 1865, when General Lee's troops withdrew from Petersburg. She describes visits of Yankees to the house. She mentions Dollie [Smart?], who was held prisoner at Johnson's Island, and speaks poorly of Henry [Smart?]. Money is scarce and she is tired of the seafaring business (George has been away five years). His cousin Dr. Wilbur Litch from Philadelphia and the Army of the Potomac visited.


  • Creation: 1865 October 1

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Custodial History

Acc. 1994.05 was an addition to 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.

Karen King, SCRC Staff
October 2017
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