Letter from Solomon G. Brown to S. F. Baird September 4, 1862

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Creator: Brown, Solomon Galleon c. 1829-1906

Form/Genre: Document

Date: September 4, 1862

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7002, Box 16, Folder: 11

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Letter from Solomon G. Brown, the first African American employee of the Smithsonian Institution, to then Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird, and later second Secretary, reporting on the possible danger in Washington, D.C., due to Confederate troops nearby. Since the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," located in the center of D.C., was vulnerable to attack, Brown inquired as to whether he should get Baird's silver ready for sending to him at Carlisle.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7002, Box 16, Folder: 11

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  • September 4, 1862
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

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