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Title
Francis Henney Smith Papers, 1860-1888
ID
Mss. 81s Smi4
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Primary Creator
Smith, Francis Henney (1812-1890)
Date Acquired
10/01/1981
Forms of Material
Correspondence
Languages
English

Restrictions

Access
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Scope and Contents of the Materials

Letter, 6 Sept[ember] 1860, written by Francis H. Smith, to Ja[me]s T. Ames, concerning Armory, "model musket," and swords; and letter, 7 March 1888, concerning his resignation as superintendent of Virginia Military Institute in 1886 which was withdrawn and an investigation into his period of service by the Virginia General Assembly.

2 items.

Biographical Note

Francis Henney Smith was born 18 October 1812, the son of Francis Smith and Ann Marsden Smith, of Norfolk, Va. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1833. He served as professor of mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College. In 1839, he became principal professor and after 1840, superintendant of Virginia Military Institute, a position he held until 1889. Smith died in 1890. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Henney Smith">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Henney Smith</a>.

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6 Sep[tember] 1860.  Francis H. Smith, V[irgini]a Military Institute, [Lexington, Va.], to Ja[me]s T. Ames, Chicopee, Mass.  Expresses concern over the "Armory matter"; mention of the "model musket"; asks if the swords have been sent yet.  1 p.  Including typescript.  1 p.

7 March 1888.  Francis H. Smith, Lexington, Va., to Gen. William H. Payne, 2207 Washington Circle, Washington, D.C.  Deep thanks for his kind letter, and mention of Cols. Pendleton and Gordon; recalls past events after his resignation [in 1886], and the strange happenings surrounding it, mentioning Col. [Algernon Sidney] Buford, Gen. [Thomas Taylor] Munford, and Gen. [Williams Carter] Wickham.  4 pp. Including typescript.  1 p.

Item 1: 6 September 1860. Francis H. Smith , Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., September 6, 1860
6 Sep[tember] 1860. Francis H. Smith , V[irgini]a Military Institute, [Lexington, Va.], to Ja[me]s T. Ames, Chicopee, Mass.  Expresses concern over the "Armory matter"; mention of the "model musket"; asks if the swords have been sent yet.  1 p.  Including typescript.  1 p.
Item 2: 7 March 1888.  Francis H. Smith, Lexington, Va., to Gen. William H. Payne, March 7, 1888
Francis H Smith, Lexington, Va., to Gen. William H. Payne, 2207 Washington Circle, Washington, D.C.  Deep thanks for his kind letter, and mention of Cols. Pendleton and Gordon; recalls past events after his resignation [in 1886], and the strange happenings surrounding it, mentioning Col. [Algernon Sidney] Buford, Gen. [Thomas Taylor] Munford, and Gen. [Williams Carter] Wickham.  4 pp. Including typescript.  1 p.

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Source
Charles Hamilton Auction
Acquisition Method
Purchase
Related Materials
See Bradford Alexander Wineman, "Francis H. Smith: Architect of antebellum Southern military schools and educational reform," PhD Dissertation, Texas A&M University, 2006.
Preferred Citation
Francis Henney Smith Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.