Collection Number: MVF 2-02

Accession Number: 97-04

Item(s): A copy of a letter from Ruth Irby Smith detailing the Irby family history in the Irving area.  Also included is material on the Irby family produced by the Irving Archives in response to Ms. Smith’s letter.

Producer: Ms. Ruth Irby Smith and the Irving Archives

Donor: Ms. Ruth Irby Smith and the Irving Archives

Date Received: April 1997

Literary Rights Statement 

     Permission to publish from the collection must be obtained from the Irving Archives, Irving Public Library.


     The file contains a copy of a letter dated April 1997 from Ms. Ruth Irby Smith to City Hall.  The letter contains information on the Irby family and their involvement in the Civil War.  The letter was forwarded to the Archives.  Also included in the file is the letter of response to Ms. Irby, copies of Texas and Confederate material relating to the Irby family, and information from the 1860 census record which the Archives sent to Ms. Irby.


     Stephen Irby served in the 18th Texas Cavalry, 4th Brigade.  The brigade, along with other dismounted Texas Cavalry brigades and Arkansas Infantry was garrisoned at Arkansas Post in late 1862.  The entire garrison was captured in January 1863.  Stephen Irby died as a prisoner of war on March 19, 1863.