Sarah Jane Smith Papers, 1864-1865

MC 736

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
United States. Army. Office of the Judge Advocate General
Title
Sarah Jane Smith Papers
Inclusive Dates
1864-1865
Identification
MC 736
Extent
0.05 linear feet (1 folder)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Sarah Jane Smith Papers were donated by J. Dickson Black of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on January 28, 1988.

Processing Information

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

Biographical Note

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.

Related Materials

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

END OF COLLECTION

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