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Edward Smedley diary

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-073

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the single handwritten diary of Edward Smedley, written while at the conscript barracks in Philadelphia after being drafted for the American Civil War. Entries describe Smedley's experiences as a drafted soldier and non-combatant prisoner in Philadelphia, including religious reflection, visits from family members, and military preparations.

Dates

  • 1863

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Edward Garrett Smedley (1835-1908) was born April 10, 1835, in Middletown, Delaware, the son of William Smedley and Rebecca Webster. Smedley was educated at Westtown School before leaving due to ill health. In 1863, Edward and his cousin William were drafted by the military to fight in the American Civil War. After refusing to fight or pay a penalty, Smedley and his cousin were held for a time in army barracks in Philadelphia before being released. In 1865, he married to Elizabeth Sharpless, and the couple had two daughters, Edith Smedley (1870) and Susanna Smedley (1875). Smedley died on February 5, 1908.

Extent

0.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

Diary of Edward Smedley, written while at the conscript barracks in Philadelphia after being drafted for the American Civil War. Entries describe Smedley's experiences as a drafted soldier and non-combatant prisoner in Philadelphia, including religious reflection, visits from family members, and military preparations.

Acquisition

Unknown.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.1102 Josiah W. Leeds papers
  • HC.MC.1111 Sharpless - Kite family papers, circa 1748-1875

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August, 2015.
Title
Edward Smedley diary, 1863
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
August, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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