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GENERAL FRANCIS HENNEY SMITH - SIGNATURE(S) 02/13/1868 - HFSID 277571

 

FRANCIS HENNEY SMITH
Smith signed this card "VMI" in 1868, just a few years after the end of the Civil War and the destruction, and reconstruction, of Virginia Military Institute.
Signature: "Francis H Smith/VMI/Feby 13, 1868.", 3¾x2¼. Accompanied by: Envelope addressed to R. O. McNiel, Roanoke 12, Virginia, postmarked Lexington, Virginia, Sept. 15, 1954, with "Gen. Francis H./Smith/First Superintendent of/Virginia/Military/Institute/(Preserved by/his/daughter)" written in lower left in unknown hand. Francis Henney Smith (1812-1890), West Point Class of 1833, was Professor of Mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College from 1837 to 1839 when he was asked to help establish the state's military college, the Virginia Military Institute, and serve as its superintendent. He was appointed Colonel of a Virginia regiment soon after the beginning of the Civil War, shortly after writing this letter. The Virginia Military Institute buildings were destroyed by Union forces under General David Hunter in June, 1864, and Smith took active measures to reconstruct them when he returned to his duties there in 1865. Smith served as superintendent at VMI until he retired in 1889, a few months before his death. VMI, the nation's oldest state-supported military college, is located in Lexington, Virginia. Signature and envelope are lightly toned. Envelope is folded in half vertically and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.


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GENERAL FRANCIS HENNEY SMITH
Born: October 18, 1812
Died: March 21, 1890



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