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Guide to the George S. Smith diary MSS.1607

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Finding aid prepared by R. Rumstay

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@bama.ua.edu

March 2008

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English

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Collection Title:

George S. Smith diary

Unit ID:

MSS.1607

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet 1 diary

Dates:

1863-1865

Abstract:

Civil War diary of George S. Smith, sergeant in Company C of the 48th Ohio Regiment, covering his service in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas, 1863-65.

Scope and Contents note

The thirty-five page diary covers the period October 1863 to November 1865. It contains entries describing battles in Louisiana and Alabama. Smith was involved in attacks on Ft. Blakely and Spanish Fort, Alabama. In addition, his entries chronicle the surrender of Mobile and a magazine explosion in that city on 25 May 1865, which caused significant loss of life and damage to buildings and ships docked in Mobile Bay. His diary also describes his duties in Galveston, Texas, where he guarded a Freedmen's camp, and contains lists of expenses, letters received and written, and battles in which he participated.

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Preferred Citation:

George S. Smith diary, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, 2002

Biographical/Historical note

George S. Smith, possibly from Highland County, Ohio, was a sergeant in Company C of the 48th Ohio Regiment during the Civil War. His regiment served in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.

Box 1058 Folder 4

George S. Smith diary http://purl.lib.ua.edu/31339