Isaiah Smith papers

Isaiah Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Smith, Isaiah, 1833-1922
Title: Isaiah Smith papers
Dates: 1860-1867
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3302

Biographical/Historical Note

Isaiah Smith (1833-1922), born in Houston County, Georgia, was a machinist, farm hand, and mill operator. He served in Co. K, Georgia 31st Infantry until illness forced a medical discharge in October 1862. He later re-enlisted and worked in several field hospitals in Georgia. In December 1863 he married Susan Broughton (1844-1924).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a diary and photographs. Also included are an introduction, description, and transcription of the diary done by descendents of Isaiah Smith. The diary covers Isaiah Smith's daily life from July 1860 until February 1867. Such topics as family, friends, work, church, singing, the weather, army camp, hospital duties, and fellow soldiers are described. There are also several pages of accounts and medicines. The photographs are of Smith, his family, and his CSA discharge certificate.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. -- Medical supplies
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Military life
Georgia--Social life and customs--19th century.
Hospitals--Georgia--19th century.
Military discharge--Confederate States of America.
Smith, Isaiah, 1833-1922 -- Diaries
Smith, Isaiah, 1833-1922 -- Family--Photographs
Smith, Isaiah, 1833-1922 -- Photographs

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Isaiah Smith papers. MS 3302. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions on Access

No publication from this collection without permission from the donor; contact repository for terms of access.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Diary, 1860- 1867 View online.
2Diary- transcript View online.
3Photographs View online.