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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1857

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

J. L. Kirby Smith​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Joseph Lee Kirby Smith: Born July 25, 1836, New York, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1857, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut, Top. Engineers, July 1, 1857.

Served: as Asst. Top. Engineer in the Office of the Mississippi Delta Survey at Washington, D. C., Nov. 25, 1857, to Feb. 12, 1858, — on Utah

(Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, Dec. 9, 1857)

Expedition, Feb. 12, 1858, to May 2, 1859, — on exploration of new route from Salt Lake to the Pacific Coast, May 2 to Nov. 12, 1859, — and on Survey of Northern Lakes, Nov. 12, 1859, to June 13, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62: on the staff of Major-General Patterson, July 13 to July 25, 1861, and of Major-

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, Aug. 3, 1861)

General Banks, July 25 to Aug. 25, 1861 (Aide-de‑Camp, Aug. 15‑25,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 25, 1861,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Shenandoah Valley, Va.)

1861), in Operations on the Upper Potomac and in Shenandoah Valley;

(Colonel, 43d Ohio Volunteers, Sep. 28, 1861)

in Organizing and Recruiting Regiment, Oct. 9, 1861, to Feb. 22, 1862; in command of Brigade, Army of the Mississippi, in Operations against New Madrid, Mo., resulting in its Capture, Mar. 14, 1862, — Reconnoissance and Attack of Island No. 10, Mississippi River, which Capitulated, Apr. 7, 1862, — Expedition to Ft. Pillow, Ten., Apr. 12‑16, 1862, — Advance

(Bvt. Major, Apr. 7, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services
at the Capture of Island No. 10, in the Mississippi River)

upon and Siege of Corinth, Mis., Apr. 22 to May 30, 1862, including

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., May 28, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services
at the Siege of Corinth, Mis., where he repulsed a Rebel Sortie)

the Repulse of a Rebel Attack, May 28, 1862, — and Pursuit of the enemy to Booneville, Mis., May 30, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Aug. 16 to Sep. 6, 1862; and in command of Regiment in Operations in Northern Mississippi, Sep. 6 to Oct. 4, 1862, being engaged in the Battle  p679 of Iuka, Sep. 19, 1862, — and Battle of Corinth, Oct. 3‑4, 1862, where he was Mortally Wounded while "changing front forward" with his

(Bvt. Colonel, Oct. 4, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Corinth, Mis.)

Regiment to repulse a desperate Attack on Battery Robinett.

Died, Oct. 12, 1862, of Wounds Received at the Battle of Corinth, Mis.: Aged 26.

Burial: "Body lost or destroyed"

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.E. Kirby Smith, who was killed at the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.

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