Civil War Letters topic of MHS program


Meredith Historical Society (MHS) will sponsor a program titled “Silas Smith’s Civil War Letters” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the former Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church, 10044 Elk Creek Road, East Meredith, the home of the historical society. 

Smith was born in 1844 and grew up on a farm in Meredith on today’s Waterman Road. He volunteered to serve in the Civil War Aug. 30, 1864, as a substitute for Thomas Covert of Meridale.   

Silas was frail and not well suited for military life, which was a constant struggle for him, and he spent much of his time in the hospital. His letters don’t record exciting accounts of battles, but they do give a vivid account of what life was like for the many soldiers who were ill or wounded. He was at the Battle of Five Forks where he was wounded in the leg April 1, 1865.

Twenty-five letters he wrote home are archived at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA). Cynthia Waterman, who transcribed the letters and Nancy and Bill Simons will read interesting excerpts from them.

The public is cordially invited. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information call 607-746-8083.