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Civil War trunk of Cpt. James P. Smith

Discussion in 'Civil War Uniforms & Relics' started by J. Horace, Oct 12, 2018 at 8:56 AM.

  1. J. Horace

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    This trunk of my great grandfather's was handed down to me full of Civil War letters, books, maps, etc.

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    Nice looking trunk, look to me it’s made out of Maple!
     
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    What unit did your great grandfather serve with?
     
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  5. J. Horace

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    Started with Rockbridge Artillery and then transferred to staff of Stonewall Jackson.
     
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    James Power Smith was born in New Athens, Ohio about 5 miles from my home. Was his family associated with Franklin College in New Athens?
     
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    I will look it up. I have his father's original diary that I have translated over a few year span. He was at the seminary at Hampden-Sydney College when the war broke out and fought for the South while his two brothers, Joe and Frank, fought for the North.
     
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    James Power Smith, aide-de-camp with the rank of captain to Lt. Gen. Ewell at Gettysburg, graduated in 1857 from Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and from 1858-1861 attended Union Theological Seminary, Virginia.
     
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    Union Theological Seminary was founded in 1812 as the theological department of Hampden–Sydney College, located near Farmville, Virginia, and housed in Venable Hall.
     
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    See also: A General Catalogue of the Officers and Alumni of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1823-1884 (Baltimore, Maryland: The Sun Book and Job Printing Office, 1884). James Power Smith is listed on p. 53. Several chaplains in the Army of Northern Virginia attended this seminary.

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    Awesome trunk, etc. What a treasure to have from your great grandfather!
     
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    Capt. James Power Smith is at bottom left between Hunter McGuire and Henry Kyd Douglas.
     
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