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Engineer , army officer

Gustavus Woodson Smith, American army officer, engineer.

Background

Smith, Gustavus Woodson was born in March 1822 in Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, United States. Son of Byrd and Sarah Hatcher (Woodson) Smith.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1842.

Career

Instructor civil, military engineering United States Military Academy, 1844-1846. Brevetted First lieutenant, then captain, major United States Army for services at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, Mexico City, 1846-1848. Assistant professor engineering United States Military Academy, 1848-1854.

Designated by Treasury Department to supervise repairs to the Mint, and construction Marine Hospital, New Orleans, 1855. Chief engineer Trenton Iron Works, 1856-1858. Street commissioner, New York City, 1858-1861.

Commissioned major general 2d Corps, Confederate Provisional Army, 1861. Commanded a wing of Army of Northern Virginia until conclusion Peninsular Campaign. Commanded sector from right of Lee’s theatre of operations on the Rappahannock to Cape Fear River with headquarters Richmond, 1862.

Secretary of war Confederate States American, 1862. Resigned commission as major general Confederate Army, 1862. Commissioned major general to command 1st Division, Georgia Militia, 1864, assigned a sector in Department of South Carolina., Georgia, Florida.

Surrendered 1865; general manager Southwestern Iron Company, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1866-1870. 1st insurance commissioner, Kentucky, 1870-1875. Author: Notes on Life Insurance, 1870.

Confederate War Papers, 1884. The Battle of Seven Pines, 1891.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Notes on Life Insurance, 1870. Confederate War Papers, 1884. The Battle of Seven Pines, 1891.

Connections

Married Lucretia Bassett, October 3, 1844.

father:
Byrd Smith

mother:
Sarah Hatcher (Woodson) Smith

spouse:
Lucretia Bassett