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Francis H. Smith - George W. Cullum Correspondence, 1865. Full Text Transcriptions [Digital]

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Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/1019
Francis H. Smith - George W. Cullum Correspondence, 1865.  Full Text Transcriptions [Digital]
Francis H. Smith - George W. Cullum Correspondence, 1865. Full Text Transcriptions [Digital]

Dates

  • 1865

Creator

Summary

Transcriptions of an exchange of letters between General Francis H. Smith, Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, and General George W. Cullum, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. Both were members of the USMA Class of 1833. The original letters are in the Francis H. Smith official correspondence files, Records of the Superintendent.

Biographical / Historical

A few months after the end of the Civil War, two old friends and West Point classmates--one a southerner and the other from the north--exchanged letters. The correspondents were General Francis H. Smith, Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, and General George W. Cullum, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. Both were members of the USMA Class of 1833. Once close friends, the war had made them enemies. In November 1865, Smith contacted Cullum, hoping to visit West Point and renew the ties that had been broken by war.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

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