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George S. Smith Papers
MsC 890
Collection Dates: 1862-1890s

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: Purchased in 2003.

Photographs: Box 1

Mr. and Mrs. George S. Smith [?]

Mr. and Mrs. George S. Smith [?]


Scope and Contents

Two diaries, one from the Civil War with entries describing engagements with the enemies as well as routine daily entries; the other details the life of a minister in the Chuch of Christ around Kellogg, Iowa.


Related Materials

Received with this collection was a cloth broadside upholding prohibition and signed in type by Smith. This was removed to the x broadside collection and given the call number xfNC1849 W36 T45 1888


Box Contents List

Tintype, presumably of George S. Smith in uniform, with his wife

170 page manuscript diary and account book, dated ca. 1874-ca. 1878 in which he deatils his preaching discourses and telling of his life in and aroundKellogg, Iowa as a minister in the church of Christ. He includes the town where he preached, what text he took for his sermon, miles travelled, and how much he was paid. Bound in tan sueded leather.

A ledger diary containing entries for Company E, 83rd Ohio Regiment, with sometimes daily entries. When these are routine they are short, but when there has been some action he recounts it in some detail, as the following excerpt (corrected for spelling and punctuation) shows:

"[April] 9th, 1865. Not very much firing in the forenoon. Spanish Fort surrendered this morning. Report of the fall of the domed city of Richmond and Petersburg. Received orders to go to the front rifle pit at 3 o'clock p.m. and when we got there and got our lines formed received orders to be ready to seal the work at the word forward and then to storm the rebel works. Received the orders forward at 5 o'clock p.m. Every man sealed his rifle pit and went with a yell for the rebel fort through a grueling fire of musketry shell and grape shot but nevertheless we went into the rebel works and made them surrender capturing about 3000 prisoners and 20 pieces of artillery. Engagement lasted about 55 minutes. Captured two brigadier generals. . .  6 killed and 27 wounded."

This is followed in the same ledger book by clippings about post-war politics. There are some other miscellaneous entries about clothing allotment and sermons preached and letters sent and received. Laid in are a printed Church Covenant, a testimonial for the Smiths, and a letter to Mrs. Sarah Smith dated January 21, 1867 and containing portions written by three different groups of people: Mary and Sam (no last name), Catherine and Peter Orebaugh, and Mollie Orebaugh. Bound in brown leather