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    Confederate General Henry Constantine Wayne Autograph Letter Signed to Gustavus W. Smith on "State of Georgia Adjutant and Inspector General's Office" letterhead. One page, 7.5" x 9.5", June 26, 1863, Milledgeville, Georgia, directing Smith to examine the Etowah River railroad bridge, and then to "overlook the erection of defences [sic]" there. In full: "General, It would gratify the Governor [Joseph Brown] if you could make it convenient to visit the Camp of the 1st[?] Regt: Geo: State Line, and taking Colonel Galt with you examine the Rail Road Bridge over the Etowah River and see if any protection in the way of Stockade or traverse will add to its security against raid. Should you deem any field defence [sic] necessary will you indicate to Colonel Galt their character and method of construction and direct him to proceed with them as rapidly as possible. So far as you can do so without interference with your private engagements, the Governor wishes you to overlook the erection of any defences [sic] you may deem necessary and instruct Col. Galt in relation to them as may be required. Colonel Galt will be written on the subject."

    Brigadier General Henry Wayne was appointed adjutant and inspector general by Governor Brown at the beginning of the Civil War. In that capacity, he organized Georgia's military into brigades, regiments, and companies. Major General G. W. Smith resigned his military post in February 1863. He then served as the head of the Etowah Iron Works, the "private engagement" referred to in Wayne's letter. Smith has docketed the verso of the letter in pencil, "Genl. H. C. Wayne/ June 26, 63/ asking me to locate defences [sic] for Etowah/ bridge." On lined paper; fine.


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