Letter from Solomon G. Brown to S. F. Baird, September 6, 1862

ID: SIA2011-0953 and SIA2011-0954

Creator: Brown, Solomon Galleon c. 1829-1906

Form/Genre: Object

Date: September 6, 1862

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

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The first African American employee of the Smithsonian Institution Solomon G. Brown's letter to the Assistant Secretary, later the second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Spencer F. Baird, reporting that Confederate troops had arrived in Maryland and the railroads are unreliable for post. Brown promised to send the packages Baird had requested in a previous letter, but was unsure whether or when they would arrive. 2 pages.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Confederate States of America. Army


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SIA2011-0953 (page1), SIA2011-0954 (page 2).

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

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  • September 6, 1862
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

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SIA2011-0953 and SIA2011-0954

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Number of Images: 2 Color: Color ; Size: 7.75w x 9 7/8h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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