Tag Archives: Edmund Kirby-Smith

12 January 1864: “It is at present composed of convales-cents from the Hospitals, and of those men who have been arrested for absence without leave and sent to this place.”

Item description: Letter, dated 12 January 1864, from William Robertson Boggs, Brigadier General and Chief of Staff under Edmund Kirby-Smith at the CSA’s Trans-Mississippi Department.  The message, written to Major General Richard Taylor, requests a regiment to replace the department’s … Continue reading

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10 September 1863: “Carrie is well, has never been sick, is a bright lively, intelligent little child, has four teeth, and begins to talk and walk.”

Item description: Letter, 10 September 1863, from Edmund Kirby Smith to his mother Frances Kirby Smith. More about Edmund Kirby Smith: Edmund Kirby-Smith (1824-1893) was a United States Army officer, Confederate Army general, president of the University of Nashville, and … Continue reading

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13 March 1863: “I was crowded to the wall, and was compelled to retire, the only alternative being to resign, or make war upon the President.”

Item description: Letter, 13 March 1863, from Gustavus Woodson Smith to Edmund Kirby-Smith. G.W. Smith writes to Kirby-Smith regarding a promotion for his friend, Jilson P. Johnson. He also comments on the recent resignation of his commission as major general. … Continue reading

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5 February 1863: “On Saturday 31 we received the news of our glorious victory…”

Item description: Letter, dated 5 February 1863, from Louise Pettigru to Jane Caroline “Cary” North Pettigrew.  This letter describes an attack by Confederate gunboats on Union blockaders outside the Charleston harbor. [pages 5 and 6 of letter missing] Item Citation: … Continue reading

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12 November 1862: “I would ask you to write more than once a week if you write a long letter, but prefer two short ones at lesser intervals.”

Item description: Letter, 12 November 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. He complains about the fact that he has not received a letter in several days. Mrs. Kirby-Smith has just given birth to the couple’s … Continue reading

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29 October 1862: “Genl. Bragg cannot move into Middle Tenn. with prospect of success without your cooperation.”

Item description: Letter, 29 October 1862, from Jefferson Davis to Edmund Kirby-Smith. In the letter, Davis expresses his disappointment of the Confederate retreat from Kentucky into Tennessee but also seems to justify his decision to keep Gen. Braxton Bragg in … Continue reading

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10 October 1862: “She is a little fat creature, & only weighs six pounds. her eyes are very dark blue, I think they will be like yours.”

Item description: Letter, 10 October 1862, from Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith to her husband Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith describing the birth of their daughter, Caroline. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion … Continue reading

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16 September 1862: “The large armies concentrated at Louisville and Cincinatti are held in check, by my advance.”

Item transcription: Letter, 16 September 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion of Kentucky.  The invasion, led by Kirby-Smith and … Continue reading

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24 August 1862: “My expedition is something like Cortez. I have burnt my ships behind me and thrown myself boldly into the enemy’s country…”

Item description: Letter, dated 24 August 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion of Kentucky.  The invasion, led by Kirby-Smith … Continue reading

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22 July 1862: “Buel is fast concentrating for attack, Forrest’s operations in middle Tenn. have delayed him as I intended they should…”

Item description: Letter, dated 22 July 1862, from Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith to his wife Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee. He comments on an apparent dispute with Confederate Congressman … Continue reading

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