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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1845

Vol. II

(Born Fla.)

Edmund K. Smith​a

(Ap'd Fla.)


Edmund Kirby Smith: Born May 16, 1824, St. Augustine, FL.​b

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1845, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 5th Infantry, July 1, 1845.

Served: in the Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Siege of Vera

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Aug. 22, 1846)

Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, —

(Bvt. First Lieut., Apr. 18, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Contreras, Mex.)

1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 12‑13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Oct. 23, 1849, to Nov. 11, 1852; on frontier duty at Ringgold Barracks, Tex.,

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 9, 1851)

1853, Ft. Brown, Tex., 1853‑54, — March to Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1854, — Escorting U. S. Boundary Commission, 1854‑55, — March to California,

(Captain, 2d Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

1855, — Ft. Mason, Tex., 1856, — Scouting, 1856, — Ft. Mason, Tex., 1856‑57, — and Ft. Inge, Tex., 1857‑58; absent on leave, 1858‑59; and on frontier duty, Scouting, 1859, being engaged against the Comanche Indians, in the Action of May 13, 1859, in Nescutunga Valley, where he was severely wounded, — at Camp Radziminski, I. T., 1859, — Camp  p230 Cooper, Tex., 1859, — Camp Colorado, Tex., 1859‑60, 1860‑61, and Ft.

(Major, 2d Cavalry, Jan. 31, 1861)

Mason, Tex., 1861; and on leave of absence, 1861.

Resigned, Apr. 6, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​c

Civil History. — President of Pacific and Atlantic Telegraph Co., 1866‑68, — and of Western Military Academy, 1868‑70. Chancellor of the University of Nashville, Ten., 1870‑75. Professor of Mathematics in the University of the South, 1875, to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Professor of Mathematics, University of the South, Sewanee, Ten., 1876‑93.

Died March 28, 1893, at Sewanee, Ten.: Aged 69.

Buried, University Cemetery, Sewanee, TN.

Thayer's Notes:

a Edmund Kirby Smith is now usually referred to as E. Kirby Smith. In Cullum's Register though, it's his younger brother, Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Ephraim Kirby Smith, who is listed under that name.

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b The house where Gen. Smith was born was already old in his time; it is still standing and may be visited.

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c As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record, which was significant, and for which Gen. Smith is by far best known. The deficiency is made up online in many places, including the good account at Find-a‑Grave, linked above under his burial place.

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