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Channing M. Smith papers

Channing M. Smith papers, 1922
Channing M. Smith papers
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Letter, 8 June 1922, to the Virginia War History Commission from Channing M. Smith (1842-1932) of Delaplane, Fauquier County, Virginia, detailing his military service record and providing narrative accounts of his actions as a Confederate scout for Generals Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) and Jeb Stuart (1833-1864). Accompanying the letter are transcripts of reference letters ascribed by Robert E. Lee and Jeb Stuart for Channing Smith attesting to his service in the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Company E (Mosby's Rangers), and 4th Virginia Cavalry, Company H
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Channing Meade Smith was born 22 May 1842, the son of a doctor practicing in Upperville, Fauquier County, Virginia. In April 1861 Smith enlisted in the 4th Virginia Cavalry, Company H. In October 1861, Smith's horse was badly wounded and subsequently officers assigned Smith as a clerk. In that capacity Smith served from November to December 1861. Jeb Stuart (1833-1864) detached Smith as a scout in July 1863. Smith continued his service in that position until Jeb Stuart's death in April 1864. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) promoted Smith to the rank of 3rd Lieutenant in November 1864 and transferred him to the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Company E. He served there until the end of the war. After the war Smith married Lucy Davenport Blackwell (1846-1923) 25 November 1867. They resided at "Montara" between Delaplane and Markham in Fauquier County, Virginia. Smith served as the clerk for the Marshall school board. He also remained active in the activities of the 43rd Battalion attending numerous reunions and authoring several articles on members of the 43rd. Smith died 8 November 1932, and his body was laid to rest in Emmanuel Episcopal Church cemetery in Delaplane.
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Channing M. Smith papers
Items sent to the Virginia War History Commission in response to an article asking for military service information. The Virginia War History Commission was asking for information relating to World War I; these records deal with the Civil War and were therefore separated out
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Smith, Channing M.
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