William H. Smith papers 1861-1864
William H. Smith papers
This Civil War collection contains 5 letters of William Smith to his family, three of which were written during the summer of 1861 when he was considering enlisting. In August 1861, he enlisted in the 26th Indiana Infantry. Two letters from his aunt, Jane Sterling, discussed her fears for her sons and William and described a vivid dream about the bleeding bodies of the boys. Both of her sons subsequently died in the service. There are two other letters in the collection, one from a relative, Nelson H. Smith, and the other, from a person named Dutton, of uncertain relationship to the collection.
The material is in English.
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