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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

James A. Smith

(Ap'd at Large)


James Argyle Smith: Born July 1, 1831, Maury County, TN.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1853.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., 1853‑54, — and Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1854; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1854‑55;

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., 1855, — Sioux Expedition, 1855, being engaged in the Action of Blue Water, Sep. 3, 1855, — Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1855‑56, — Ft. Pierre, Dak., 1856, — in quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1856, — March to Bridger's Pass, Utah, 1857, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1857, — in quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — March to California, 1858, — Benicia, Cal., 1858, — March to Colorado River, 1858‑59, — Camp Prentiss (near San Bernardino), Cal., 1859, — Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1859‑60, — and Ft. Crook, Cal., 1860‑61; and

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Dec. 2, 1859)

on leave of absence, 1861.

Resigned, May 9, 1861.

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

Civil History. — Farmer, 1866‑67. Superintendent of Public Education of the State of Mississippi, Nov. 6, 1877, to 18–––.

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

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Unknown.

Died Dec. 5, 1901, at Jackson, Miss.: Aged 70.

Buried, Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, MI.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1903, for an obituary notice.º

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he was highly praised as a general in that war. Gen. Smith's obituary in the AOG Report linked above repairs the deficiency in the Register, including the "Unknown" attached to his later career — puzzling, since the writer of the 1910 Supplement must have read the obituary.

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