The Union Recorder

Local News

February 14, 2014

Museum society presents ‘Sherman at Smithboro’ lecture


Georgia’s Old Capitol Museum Society will host its “Evenings with History” winter lecture series next week.

Early on Nov. 20, 1864, foragers from Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's 17th Corps appeared at Smithboro plantation five miles east of Monticello, Ga., home of Judge Thomas Jefferson Smith. They expected this 8,000 acre plantation to furnish a generous supply of horses and mules to replace those exhausted from hauling the troop's wagons and plenty of food to fill empty stomachs. After gathering the animals, they killed those they could not carry away and threw their carcasses into the well, burned the barns, grist mill, gin and smokehouse, and shot the hunting dogs. 

Finding few valuables in Judge Smith's home, they dragged him from the house and threatened to kill him if he would not reveal where he had hidden his valuables.   

When the judge refused to give up any information, the soldiers hanged him from the rafters of the carriage house and departed. A devoted slave, watching the departure of the Union soldiers, ran into the carriage house and cut down the judge, miraculously saving his life.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Legislative Chamber in the Old Capitol Building on the Georgia Military College campus, Larry Smith, great-great-grandson of Judge Thomas Jefferson Smith will be the guest speaker for “Evenings with History,” the winter lecture series sponsored by Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society. Smith makes his home on a portion of the old Smithboro Plantation and will draw on family records, pictures and artifacts to describe the events of Nov. 29 and their impact on his family.    

Georgia's Old Capital Museum continues to serve the community with educational programs and events that promote its mission to identify, preserve, and communicate the historic and cultural heritage of Milledgeville and the Oconee River Basin area.

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'