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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid and transcription (Click on Additional File) for Manuscripts Small Collection 554. Letter, 25-27 February 1862, to an unidentified recipient from Union soldier Jesse Smith upon his arrival in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Smith describes the abandoned Confederate fortifications in some detail and comments on the surrounding countryside, the damage to the railroad and bridges, and the large numbers of troops converging on the area. He also relates news of the occupation of Nashville, Tennessee by Union forces.


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SC 554 SMITH Jesse typescript.doc (36 kB)
Letter from Jesse Smith describing Civil War Bowling Green