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Smith, Samuel F. America

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.230.02 Author/Creator: Smith, Samuel F. Place Written: Newton Center, Massachusetts Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: August 4, 1886 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Smith enclosed this copy of the words to America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) with a letter to J. Wiley Edmands (GLC05508.230.01).


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Music, Patriotism, Civil War

Sub Era: The American Civil War