Manuscript Collection

Samuel Avon Smith Diary- Accession 284 - M121 (154)

Title

Samuel Avon Smith Diary- Accession 284 - M121 (154)

Files

Identifier

Accession 284 - M121 (154)

Inclusive Dates

1873-1876

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

22 pieces

Language

English;

Historical Note

Samuel Avon Smith was a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War (Company H, 5th Regiment, SC) and a doctor.

Scope and Content Note

The Samuel Avon Smith Diary is a journal written Samuel Avon Smith who was a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War (Company H, 5th Regiment, SC) and a doctor. The journal was written from ca. 1830-1876 or beyond (some pages have been destroyed). The first part is a reminiscence of his life from 1830 to ca. 1873 and from that point on he gives a monthly account of life in Bullock’s Creek, SC. Subjects covered in the journal are the battles of Manassas and Seven Pines, Confederate Troops at Leesburg, the reorganization of the Confederate Army, the march to Richmond, the conditions of the troops, wounds received at the battle of Seven Pines and his medical treatment at the Confederate hospital in Manchester, Virginia, his education at the Ebenezer Academy and the Medical College of SC in Charleston; his life, practice, and health conditions in Gaston County, NC, Lincoln County, NC, and in Bullock’s Creek, SC; and sentiments towards the reconstruction government and Ku Klux Klan. There is also mention of a conflict between Blacks and Whites in Chester County, SC in 1871.

Provenance

The Samuel Avon Smith Diary was deposited in the Archives by Julia Caldwell via Boyce Caldwell on November 12, 1979.

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Samuel Avon Smith Diary- Accession 284 - M121 (154)

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