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Asa D. Smith letter

Asa D. Smith letter, 1862 May 16
Asa D. Smith letter
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1862 May 16
Letter, 16 May 1862, from Asa D. Smith of Company K, 16th Massachusetts Infantry stationed at Portsmouth, Virginia, to his mother E. Smith of Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts, discussing the secessionist sentiment in Portsmouth and Norfolk, especially among the women, the condition of the Gosport (Norfolk) Navy Yard, a gun belonging to the CSS Virginia (Merrimac), lack and cost of provisions for the locals, and the possible movement of the regiment
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Asa D. Smith was born in Needham, Massachusetts 17 November 1835. he attended the Needham Grammar school and the Waltham French Academy. When the Civil War began, he enlisted in Company K, 16th Massachusetts Infantry 7 May 1861. The regiment spent part of May 1862 on duty in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, but then joined the Amry of the Potomac in the Peninsula Campaign. Smith was wounded in the lower jaw 30 June 1862 during the battle of Glendale. He recovered and was later discharged. Smith returned to Needham where he engaged in the show business and served as a member of the state constabulary. In 1870, Smith moved to Boston, Massachusetts. He enrolled in the Boston University medical school in 1875, graduating in 1878. While attending medical school, Smith worked as an inspector at the Boston Custom House. After graduation, Smith practiced medicine in South Boston. He moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1901, still practicing medicine. Smith married Abbie Newhall 20 January 1866 and they had six children. Smith died 25 November 1911.
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Asa D. Smith letter
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