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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Smith, Thomas Kilby 1820- 1887 (search)
Smith, Thomas Kilby 1820-1887 Military officer; born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 23, 1820; graduated at Cincinnati College in 1837 admitted to the bar in 1845. When the Civil War broke out he became lieutenantcolonel of the 54th Ohio Infantry; promoted colonel in October of the same year; and with his regiment was conspicuous for bravery at Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, and the Vicksburg campaign. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers in August, 1863; won distinction in protecting the gunboats at Sabine Cross-roads when the National army fell back and the fleet withdrew down the river; was brevetted major-general of volunteers in March, 1865; and appointed United States consul at Panama in 1866. He died in New York City, Dec. 14, 1887.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2, chapter 2 (search)