A Guide to the John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884
John Franklin Smith and his sister Mary operated a ranch in Texas, traveling to Mexico to trade livestock and to Mississippi and Louisiana to visit family in 1859. During the Civil War, John served in the Confederate Army, residing in Galveston, Texas, near the end of the war.
Comprising three bound copies of transcribed correspondence, the John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884, contains missives from Smith, his sister Mary, and others to the Smiths’ cousins in the Rowzee and Pickle families. The authors describe life as ranchers in Texas (1859, 1884); a trip to visit the Rowzees and other family in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana (1859); and events during the Civil War, including Mary’s home life in Texas and John and other relatives’ military activities as Confederate soldiers in Galveston, Texas, and Manassas Junction, Virginia (1861-1865).
This collection is open for research use.
John Franklin Smith Letters, 1859-1865, 1884, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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