A Guide to the Jacob W. Smiley Diary, 1863-1864 Smiley, Jacob W. Diary Ms2012-073

Jacob W. Smiley Diary, 1863-1864

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2012-073


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Processed by:Chris Thompson, Special Collections Assistant, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2012-073
Title
Jacob W. Smiley Diary, 1863-1864
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Smiley, Jacob Wallace, 1833-1864
Language
English
Abstract
This collection includes a diary kept by Jacob Wallace Smiley that spans from the time of he was drafted in August 1863, until he was killed in action on May 4, 1864. Smiley chronicled the travels and activities of his unit, the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, New York Sharpshooters, in the Northern Virginia region. The diary also includes a CDV of Smiley and his wife, Melissa.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Jacob W. Smiley Diary must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Jacob W. Smiley Diary, Ms2012-073, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Jacob W. Smiley Diary was purchased by Special Collections in May 2012.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Jacob W. Smiley Diary was completed in November 2012.


Biographical Note

Jacob Wallace Smiley was born in 1833, probably in New York. From 1860, until the time he was drafted in 1863, he lived in Ellery, Chautauqua County, NY. He joined the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, New York Sharpshooters as a private in August of 1863. His unit traveled around Alexandria and other areas of Northern Virginia prior to his death in May 1864.

Mention of Smiley and documentation of the diary being returned to Smiley's widow, Melisa, by Private Henry Webb of the 50th Virginia Infantry are included in the book No word of them: First Battalion, New York Sharpshooters, 1862-1865 by John E. Bennett (Spec Civil War, Call No. E523.5.112th .B46 2007).

Scope and Content

The collection consists a diary kept by Jacob Wallace Smith, a Union sharpshooter originally from New York. The first few pages of the diary include a brief history of his enlistment. The early entries describe his unit's travels around Alexandria and Northern Virginia. The majority of the entries detail his experiences in and around Culpepper from December 1863 to May 1864. He talks about camp life, drills, daily activities, letters from home, and playing baseball in camp. Smiley's last complete entry was on May 4, 1864, when the regiment moved from Culpepper toward Wilderness. May 5th includes a date and location, but no entry. Smiley was killed in action at the Wilderness later that day.

Tucked inside the diary is a CDV of Smiley and his wife, Melissa, probably taken before Jacob was drafted.

Related Material

Bennett, J. E. (2007). No word of them: First Battalion, New York Sharpshooters, 1862-1865. S.l.: lulu.com.

Call No. E523.5.112th .B46 2007; Location: Spec Civil War

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Diaries
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Diaries.

Contents List

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Folder 1
Diary, 1863-1864