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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number CML-JEJ.2
Date [November 24 & 26, 1861]
Scope & Content General Joseph E. Johnston to Colonel William Smith. November 24, 1861; Colonel William Smith to General Joseph E. Johnston, November 26, 1861; Colonel William Smith to Governor John Letcher, November 26, 1861

Physical Appearance: Set of three letters (copies?) mounted on the front and back of a piece of matboard, concerning a Virginia state flag given to the 49th Virginia Infantry:

Front> a) November 24, 1861 - H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs Centerville [sic, Centreville, Virginia] - Copy of a letter from J[oseph] E[ggleston] Johnston to Col[onel] W[illia]m Smith - Delivers, as requested by Governor [John Letcher], by bearer [Sergeant Shipley], a Virginia State flag. "The gallant 49th & its Colonel have proved in battle that Virginia may with confidence commit her Colors to their keeping." (Signed) J. E. Johnston, General. b) November 26, 1861 - H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs 49[th] Reg[iment] V[irgini]a Vol[unteer]s, Camp Pickens - Copy of reply from W[illia]m Smith to General [Joseph E. Johnston], Com[man]d[in]g Army of the Potomac, Centerville [sic, Centreville, Virginia] - Very flattering thank you letter of acceptance of the flag. "It was under your eye, we were furnished the occasion, for your flattering reference: & we know how to value it, when it comes from so ripe, gallant and experienced a Soldier." (Signed) W[illia]m Smith, Col[onel] 49th Reg[imen]t V[irgini]a Vol[unteer]s.

Back> c) November 26, 1861 - Head Quarters 49th Reg[imen]t V[irgini]a Vol[unteer]s - letter from W[illia]m Smith, to [Virginia] Governor [John S. Letcher, [Richmond] - Respectfully accepts the state flag delivered by General Joseph E. Johnston. Encloses the copy letters listed above. Signed "Wm Smith" Col[onel] 49th Reg[iment] V[irgini]a Vol[unteer]s. d) [n. d.] - A note which reads, "Letters of Genl Johnston & Col. Wm. Smith presenting & accepting a flag for the 49th Va. Regiment of Volunteers / Nov. 29 1861."
Archival History This set of letters concerning a gift of a Virginia State flag to the 49th Virginia was formerly located in the MC 3 J-526 files.
People Johnston, Joseph Eggleston
Letcher, John S.
Smith, William