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William F. (Baldy) Smith

Date of Birth:      February 17, 1824
Hometown:         St. Albans, VT
Education:           West Point, 1845
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Major

Date of Death:     February 28, 1903
Place of Death:    Philadelphia, PA
Buried At:           Arlington National Cemetery

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chattanooga Campaign, Overland Campaign, Siege of Petersburg

Interesting Fact(s):    Smith, a West Point trained engineer, would become a instructor, at West Point, before the outbreak of Civil War.  At the start of the war, he would become a Colonel and serve in the eastern theater, starting with the battle of First Manassas.  He would go on to command a brigade, division and finally an army corps, at Fredericksburg.  Smith would fall from grace, after sending a letter, with William Franklin, to Lincoln, following the fiasco at Fredericksburg.  This would cause him to lose command of his corps, and his promotion to major general.  Smith would end up being assigned, to U.S. Grant's army, at Chattanooga, where he would provide superior engineering skills, leading to the Union victory there.  Based on Grant's, and William T. Sherman's recommendation, Smith would be confirmed as a major general.  Grant would bring Smith east, in the spring of 1864, where he would command the XVIII Corps, taking part in the Overland Campaign, and the Siege of Petersburg.  After stumbling, at the opening of the Petersburg campaign, Grant would relieve him of corps command.

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