Saturday, February 8, 2014

150 Years Ago: The Battle of Smithfield, Virginia-- Part 2

Continued from Feb. 3rd. //// Both columns were successful early on, but the Smithfield group retreated to town and set up defensive positions in the main street and after a brisk fight, by the end of Feb. 1st, more than 100 were captured. //// The battered wreck of the Army gunboat Smith Briggs was left burning on the Pagan River and exploded, breaking the glass in windows all over town. //// Smithfild doctor Herbert S. Southgate's grandfather took the ship's gilded eagle figurehead as a trophy. //// The sesquecentennial observance of the battl;e took place Feb. 1st from 10 to 4 at the Isle of Wight Museum. //// --Old Secesh

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