William A. Smith Letters, 1862-1863
William A. Smith was a farmer in Granby, Massachusetts, prior to enlisting in 1862 as a private in the Union Army. He enlisted into H Company, 52nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on 1862 October 11, 1862 and mustered out 1863 August 14. His unit marched with General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks in Louisiana. He wrote to his wife Caroline from places that included Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Barries Landing, Burwicks Bay, and Port Hudson.