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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Ga.)

William D. Smith

(Ap'd Ga.)


William Duncan Smith: Born July 28, 1825.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco,

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Aug. 18, 1847)

Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, where he  p284 was severely wounded, — and Operations before and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1848; on frontier duty at Austin, Tex., 1848‑49, — Albuquerque, N. M., 1850, — and Cebolleta, N. M., 1850‑51; at the Cavalry School

(First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Aug. 8, 1851)

for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1853; on frontier duty at Ft. Webster, N. M., 1853‑54, — Ft. Thorn, N. M., 1854, — Big Sioux River, Neb., 1856, — Ft. Randall, Dak., 1856, — Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1856‑57, — and Utah Expedition

(Captain, 2d Dragoons,º June 4, 1858)

1857‑59; and on leave of absence in Europe, 1859‑61.

Resigned, Jan. 28, 1861.

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

Died, Oct. 4, 1862, at Charleston, S. C.: Aged 36.

Buried, Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: according to the Southern Historical Society Papers, he was promoted to Brigadier-General, on Mar. 7, 1862, and commanded the District of South Carolina (in the Department of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida).

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