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Smiley, Jacob Wallace, 1833-1864



  • Existence: 1833 - 1864

Biographical Note

Jacob Wallace Smiley was born in 1833, probably in New York. From 1860, until the time he was drafted in 1863, he lived in Ellery, Chautauqua County, NY. He joined the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, New York Sharpshooters as a private in August of 1863. His unit traveled around Alexandria and other areas of Northern Virginia prior to his death in May 1864.

Mention of Smiley and documentation of the diary being returned to Smiley's widow, Melisa, by Private Henry Webb of the 50th Virginia Infantry are included in the book No word of them: First Battalion, New York Sharpshooters, 1862-1865 by John E. Bennett (Spec Civil War, Call No. E523.5.112th .B46 2007).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Jacob W. Smiley Diary, 1863-1864 (Ms2012-073)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2012-073
Dates: 1863-10-04/1864-05-04

Jacob W. Smiley Diary,

Identifier: Ms-2012-073

This collection includes a diary kept by Jacob Wallace Smiley that spans from the time of he was drafted in August 1863, until he was killed in action on May 4, 1864. Smiley chronicled the travels and activities of his unit, the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, New York Sharpshooters, in the Northern Virginia region. The diary also includes a CDV of Smiley and his wife, Melissa.

Dates: 1863 - 1864

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