A Guide to the F. H. Smith Letter, 1867 Smith, F. H., Letter Ms1964-002

A Guide to the F. H. Smith Letter, 1867

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1964-002


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1964-002
Title
F. H. Smith Letter, 1867
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Smith, Francis H., (Francis Henney), 1812-1890
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains a carbon copy of a letter written to Captain M. F. Maury from Francis Henney Smith at Virginia Military Institute.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from F. H. Smith Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: F. H. Smith Letter, Ms1964-002, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by Newman Library prior to 1964.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the F.H. Smith Letter was completed prior to January 2011. Additional description was completed in January 2011.


Biographical Note

Francis Henney Smith served as the first Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute (V.M.I.) from 1839 to 1889. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Smith was appointed Colonel with the 9th Virginia Infantry and served in that capacity until May 1862. He then served as Colonel in command of the VMI cadet infantry. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in 1833, Smith also served as President of the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors in 1856.

Matthew Fontaine Maury was a naval officer, oceanographer, and educator. He joined the US Navy at the age of 29 in 1825 and was, in 1842, named head of the Navy's hydrographical office and of the U.S. Naval observatory. In April 1861, with the start of the Civil War, Maury resigned his naval commission and was appointed Chief of the Sea Coast, River and Harbor Defenses for the Confederacy. At the end of the war, he went to Mexico and to England before returning to Virginia in 1868 to accept a post as Professor of Physics at V.M.I. In his last years, he advocated for the establishment of Virginia's land-grant college, which would become Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (V.A.M.C.,now Virginia Tech) in 1872. The following year, in May 1873, one of two early literary societies at the college would name itself after Maury and become the Maury Literary Society.

Scope and Content

The letter discusses Smith's recent visit to Richmond where he spoke on the behalf of the Virginia Military Institute. During the visit, he was concern with the issue of a land-grant endowment for a school that would concentrate on agriculture and mechanic arts. He may have been referring to the current Virginia Tech.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Local Subjects:

  • University Archives

Contents List

Folder 1
Correspondence, 1867

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Smith, Francis H., (Francis Henney), 1812-1890