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Dusenberry and Smith family letters

Dusenberry and Smith family letters

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dusenberry and Smith family letters
Creator: Dusenberry, Orra
Creator: Smith, Lawrence D.
Inclusive Dates: 1862-1969
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Collection Number: ms3877
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Lawrence D. Smith was a private in Company I of New York's 143rd Infantry Regiment from 1862 until he was killed in action near Atlanta on July 30, 1864. Orra Dusenberry was enlisted as a private in New York's 15th Cavalry Regiment on August 31, 1864 and was killed in action on December 21, 1864 at Lacey Spring, Virgina.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of Civil War correspondence between Private Orra Dusenberry and his friends and family members, as well as letters between Private Lawrence D. Smith and his sister. The collection also includes a copy of Zina Dusenberry: Fact and Fiction : Material Relating to Elfrieda Hochbaum's Unpublished Novel, The Deer. Other materials include Orra Dusenberry's school papers and genealogy research regarding Private Smith's military service. A family tree of the Northrup family, of which the Dusenberrys and Smiths are a part, is also part of these genealogy papers. Orra Dusenberry's black tote bag inscribed with his name is also included.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dusenberry and Smith family letters, ms 3877, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Dusenberry, Orra
New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Smith, Lawrence D.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Orra Dusenberry correspondence, 1863-1864
12Lawrence D. Smith correspondence with transcripts, 1862-1864
13Orra Dusenberry School papers
14Orra Dusenberry teaching certificate, 1863 November 14
15Zina Dusenberry: Fact and Fiction by Elfrieda Pope Bestelmeyer, 1969
1Orra Dusenberry's black canvas bag