Valley of the Shadow
The Aftermath
Spring 1865–Fall 1870

Letters & Diaries


Smiley Family (1861-1865)

Thomas Smiley

Before the war, Thomas M. Smiley resided on the family farm in Augusta County, Virginia. At the age of nineteen, Smiley enlisted as a private in Company D of the 5th Virginia Infantry. He received a promotion to sergeant in 1863 and was captured in 1864 and imprisoned, but later released. He sustained injuries to the hand and face at Chancellorsville, but survived the war and returned to his family, dying near Moffet’s Creek in 1920.

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Smiley Household


Most of the letters in this collection are of a correspondence between Letitia R. Smiley and her sister Mary. The letters discuss daily life including health, school, activities with friends, and other general information.