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Catalog Number CML-WDS.1
Date 1861-1862
Scope & Content Brigadier General William Duncan Smith: Papers and Obituary

Physical Appearance: Papers belonging to and/or concerning Brigadier General William Duncan Smith of Georgia: a) January 19, 1861 - W[illia]m D[uncan] Smith at Milledgeville, Geo[rgia], to Colonel S[amuel] Cooper, Adjutant General, U[nited] S[tates] Army, Washington City - Resigns his commission as Captain of 2nd Dragoons, U. S. Army. Signed, "Wm. D. Smith" Capt[ain] 2nd U. S. Dragoons. 1 page. The letter is partially torn along a crease, and repair tape has been applied to the reverse in places. b) [n. d.] - Blank "Form of Oath" allegiance to the Confederate States of America. c) March 14, 1862 - [Header] Confederate States of America, War Department, Richmond, [Virginia] - Appoints W[illiam] D[uncan] Smith Brigadier General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, to rank from March 7, 1862. Orders him to report to Maj[or] Gen[era]l [John Clifford] Pemberton. Signed, "J. P. Benjamin" Secretary of War. 1 page. d) October 6, 1862 - Newspaper Clipping from Charleston, South Carolina newspaper - Obituary - "Death of Brig. Gen. Wm. Duncan Smith" - Notes his death on October 4, 1862 in Charleston. Provides some early biographical information and describes his Confederate military career. Gives details of his remains being sent via rail to Augusta, Georgia for interment in the family cemmetery. 2 columns, (13 [paragraphs) pasted onto the middle and right side of a sheet of typing paper (same as [e]). A photocopy is also available in the folder. e) October 9, 1862 - Newspaper Clipping from Charleston, South Carolina newspaper - "The Late Gen. W. D. Smith" - printed copy of General Orders, No. 69 from Headquarters, Department of So[uth] Ca[arolina] and Georgia. Announces Duncan's death due to lingering illness (yellow fever). Gives an incorrect date of death as October 6. Gives brief overview of his U. S. and Confederate military careers. By command of General [Pierre Gustave Toutant] Beauregard. Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff and A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral]. 1 column, (5 paragraphs), pasted on the left side of typing paper (same as [d]). A photocopy is also available in the folder.
Archival History Brig. Gen. William D. Smith's papers and obituaries were formerly located in the MC 3 S-767b files. His red mesh sash is part of the Museum's object collections (0985.3.84).
People Smith, William Duncan