Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903

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American army officers.

From the description of Letter signed for him by James J. Brady : New York, to Joseph Holt, 1865 Aug. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664862

Union army officer.

From the description of William Farrar Smith correspondence, 1863-1899. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980495

William Farrar Smith, also known as Baldy Smith, was born in St. Albans, Vermont, February 17, 1824, the son of Ashbel and Sarah Butler Smith. He was educated locally until appointed to the Military Academy at West Point in 1841. He graduated in 1845 and was commissioned as brevet second lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers. He served in the Corps making surveys of the Great Lakes, Texas, Arizona, Mexico, and Florida. In 1856 he became involved in the light-house service, headquartered in Detroit, and eventually became Engineer Secretary of the Light-House Board. During his early career, Smith also taught mathematics at West Point.

In 1861 Smith was sent to Fortress Monroe as an engineer officer to do reconnaissance work around Yorktown and Big Bethel. He was then commissioned as Colonel of the Third Regiment of Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He was named Brigadier General in August of 1861 and almost immediately was given charge of the Second Division of the IV Corps, Army of the Potomac. In 1862 he commanded the Second Division, VI Corps, at Antietam. In October of 1863 Smith went to Chattanooga as chief engineer and by March 1864 was re-appointed major general. He was then assigned to the XVIII Corps under Benjamin Franklin Butler but was soon relieved of his command. In March of 1865 Smith was brevetted brigadier-general and major general for distinguished services at Chattanooga, and in the Virginia Campaign of 1864.

Smith resigned from the volunteers in 1865, and from the regular army in 1867. His publications include: "Military Operations Around Chattanooga," (1886); articles for "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" (four volumes, 1887-1888); "The Relief of the Army of the Cumberland" (1891); and "From Chattanooga to Petersburg," (1893).

From the description of William Farrar Smith papers, 1849-1903. (Vermont Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 36082339

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referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part III: The Civil War: The Union, 1804-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. Letter : n.p., to Mr. Ropes, n.p., 1893 Nov. 23. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Grant, Lewis A., 1828-1919. Letters relating to the accusation of drunkenness against General William F. Smith, 1862. Vermont Historical Society
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn James Harrison Wilson Papers, 1861-1923, (bulk 1890-1915) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Stannard, George Jerrison, 1820-1886. Photocopy of a letter written by General George Jerrison Stannard to Senator Solomon Foot, 1864. Vermont Historical Society
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part III: The Civil War: The Union, 1804-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Alexander, B. S., Capt. [Map of Arlington, Virginia defenses and military activity / B.]S. Alexander. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879. Letter, 1862 May 10, Head Quarters, Hooker's Division, 3rd Army Corps, Williamsburgh [sic], Va., to C[hauncey] McKeever, Ass't Adjt. Gen'l, 3rd Army Corps, n.p. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Buell, Don Carlos, 1818-1898. Don Carlos Buell : papers, 1853-1897. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Rutherford, William W. (William Wilson) 1805-1873. Account books, 1831-1873. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf Benjamin, Samuel Nicoll, 1839-1886. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. William Farrar Smith papers, 1849-1903. Vermont Historical Society
creatorOf Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872. ALS : to William Farrar Smith, 1863 July 5. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Gen. Joseph Hooker letter, Gen'l, 3rd Army Corps, n.p, 1862 May 10 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
referencedIn Franklin, William Buel, 1823-1903. William Buel Franklin papers, 1861-1865. Library of Congress
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. William Farrar Smith correspondence, 1863-1899. Library of Congress
referencedIn Waldman, Jean. Jean Waldman collection of Civil War papers, 1817-1865 (bulk 1861-1865). Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers, 1787-1902 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Schaefler, Sam, 1920-,. Historical and Literary Letters and Documents, 1674-197-. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Report of Special Commission, 1865 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Smith, William Wrenshall. William Wrenshall Smith diary, 1863. Library of Congress
creatorOf United States. Army of the Potomac. Corps, 4th. Army of the Potomac 4th Corps records, 1862-1863. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. Report of Special Commission, 1865. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Philip Case Lockwood memorial collection of Civil War portraits and autographs, 1862-ca. 1886. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. Letter : n.p., to Mr. Ropes, n.p., 1893 Nov. 23. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Smith, William Farrar, 1824-1903. Letter signed for him by James J. Brady : New York, to Joseph Holt, 1865 Aug. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Photographic Portrait File The Huntington Library
referencedIn Wilson, James Harrison, 1837-1925. James Harrison Wilson papers, circa 1862-1923 (bulk 1890-1915). Library of Congress
referencedIn Reports of 4 brigade and artillery commanders and brigade surgeon in relation to the action near West Point, Va., Transcripts, 1862. New-York Historical Society
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Missionary Ridge, Battle of, Tenn., 1863
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Birth 1824-02-17

Death 1903-02-28

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