Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Related Materials
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- United States. Army. Office of the Judge Advocate General
- Sarah Jane Smith Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 736
- 0.05 linear feet (1 folder)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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No Use Restrictions Apply.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
The Sarah Jane Smith Papers were donated by J. Dickson Black of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on January 28, 1988.
Processed by Nan Lawler; completed in February 1988. Finding aid updated by Katrina Windon in April 2017.
Preferred Form of Citation
Sarah Jane Smith Papers (MC 736), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection
Sarah Jane Smith was born in Washington County, Arkansas. Her father joined the Confederate army, and she moved to live with relatives in Cassville, Missouri in 1864. While there, she assisted some of her relatives in cutting down Union telegraph lines--a violation of General Order No. 32. After her arrest and release, she again cut down wires, and at the age of 18, she was sentenced to hang for this crime. Based on subsequent medical examination on mental health grounds, her sentence was commuted to imprisonment for the duration of the war, and she was eventually released.
For more information on Smith, see Lowry, Thomas P. Confederate Heroines: 120 Southern Women Convicted by Union Military Justice. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2006.
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of proceedings of the 1864 trial and other papers regarding the destruction of telegraph wires by Sarah Jane Smith. These materials are positive photocopies of records held by the National Archives. See: Case of Sarah Jane Smith, Records of the Judge Advocate General's Office (Army), Record Group 153, entry 15, file LL2742, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
See also the following collections:
Original files are held by the National Archives. Case of Sarah Jane Smith, Records of the Judge Advocate General's Office (Army), Record Group 153, entry 15, file LL2742, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Digital scans and transcriptions of collection materials are viewable via Missouri Digital Heritage's "Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks" digital exhibit.
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials are housed in a single folder.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:
Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 5
|Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 5||Folder 1||
Photocopies of trial proceedings and related materials, 1864-1865
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