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    Colonel Thomas Smith, Spur, Broken at Second Battle of Manassas, 5.75". Sold with a copy of Robert E. Lee, Man and Soldier (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911), inscribed by the author, Thomas Nelson Page, "Col. Th. Smith from one who remembers him, with his friendship and esteem, Tho. Nelson Page, Christmas 1912." The inscription continues, "This copy is inscribed to you as a reminder of that gallant army, in token of my memory of Brownsville, T.N.P." There is also a copy of Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy (Richmond: Carlton McCarthy & Company, 1882), a piece of shot similar to the one that damaged Colonel Smith's spur, and an accompanying newspaper article from the Harrodsburg [Kentucky] Herald, September 20, 1935, that tell the story of Colonel Smith's broken spur,

    "Miss Virginia Meriwether Smith, who has just returned to her home in Washington D.C., received , while visiting here [Harrodsburg], from her uncle...a relic which has been treasured by the family. It is a steel spur broken from the heel of her grandfather, Col. Th. Smith, by a canister during the second battle of Manassas in the War Between the States. ... During the battle as he sat on his horse with his side exposed to the enemy, a canister from the opposing ranks struck the shanks of both spurs as it passed underneath his horse's belly without touching a hair of the animal. The steel spur was broken.... The impact of the shell was so great that it twisted every joint in Col. Smith's legs from his ankle to his thigh.

    "Col. Smith became one of the most notable educators in Kentucky and was for many years president of Beaumont College in this city, a position he held at the time of his death in 1914."

    Colonel Smith served on General Stonewall Jackson's staff.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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