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Major General Gustavus W. Smith Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 30, 1821 in Georgetown, Kentucky
Died: June 24, 1896 in New York City, New York
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Gustavus Woodson Smith (November 30, 1821 - June 24, 1896) was an American civil engineer and soldier, best known for his involvement in the American Civil War as a Major General in the Confederate Army. Born in Georgetown, Kentucky, Smith graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point in 1842, initially serving in the Mexican-American War before resigning from the U.S. Army in 1854 to pursue civil engineering.

He held several important civil engineering posts, notably as the Street Commissioner of New York City. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Smith returned to his military roots. He served as Major General under General Robert E. Lee and briefly commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the Battle of Seven Pines in 1862 when Lee was wounded. Post-war, Smith moved to New York City, resuming his civil engineering career and later served as the New York City Fire Commissioner. He authored the book “Confederate War Papers” in 1884, chronicling his wartime experiences.


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