would be interesting merely as an exchange of letters.
It is doubly interesting in that it brings out some war history that otherwise might be forever lost.
This letter is given just as it was received by the head citizen of the town of Smithfield, Va.
Philadelphia, Pa., February 22nd, 1906. To the Mayor or Head Citizen of the Town of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia:
Dear Sir,—i am Seeking Information on Something occurred Some 42 years ago if you were not then a Resident y yours, William W. Rodgers.
Mayor Joyner, of Smithfield, referred the above letter to Mr. R. S. Thomas, who, in making the following full reply, added to the store of very interesting Confederate history.
Mr. Thomas' reply.
Smithfield, Va., Feb. 27, 1906. William W. Rogers, Esq., No. 2553 North Colorado Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
My Dear Sir,—Yours of February 22d, to the Mayor or head citizen of the town of Smithfield, relative to the destruction of the Federal gunboat Smi