Friday, May 22, 2009

Grant's Letter to Widow Smith

In doing some research on Major General C. F. Smith, I discovered this letter from Major general U. S. Grant to Smith's wife. It seems appropriate on the Memorial Day weekend to read his comments.

Headquarters District of West Tennessee
Pittsburg Landing, April 26, 1862

Mrs. C. F. Smith
No. 191 East Fourth Street, New York:

It becomes my painful duty to announce to you the death of your lamented husband, Maj. Gen. Charles F. Smith. He died at 4 o'clock p.m. yesterday at Savannah, Tenn. In his death the nation has lost one of its most gallant and most able defenders. It was my fortune to have gone through West Point with the general (then captain and commander of cadets) and to have served with him in all his battles in Mexico and in this rebellion, and I can bear honest testimony to his great worth as a soldier and friend. Where an entire nation condoles with you in your bereavement no one can do so with more heartfelt grief than myself.

U. S. Grant
Major-General

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