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William Farrar Smith

Born: Feb 17, 1824

Death: Feb 28, 1903

Birthplace: St. Albans

Nationality: United States

William Farrar Smith

Date of Birth : Feb 17, 1824
Date of Death : Feb 28, 1903
Birth Place : St. Albans

William Farrar Smith, known as ‘Baldy’ Smith, was a Union general in the American Civil War, notable for attracting the extremes of glory and blame. He was praised for his gallantry in the Seven Days Battles and Antietam, but was demoted for insubordination after the disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg. As chief engineer of the Army of the Cumberland, he acquired legendary fame by restoring a supply-line that saved that army from starvation and surrender. Leading the first operation against Petersburg, Smith’s hesitation, possibly illness-related, cost the Union a prime opportunity for a quick end to the war, and he was relieved of command.

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