{⋆★⋆} BG Smith, James Argyle

James Argyle Smith

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Born: July 1, 1831

Birthplace: Maury County, Tennessee

Father: Williamson Smith 1792 – 1844

Mother: Leathy Redd Moore 1809 – 1863

Wife: Calantha Calhoon 1846 – 1928
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi)​

Married: July 14, 1874

Children:

Helen Argyle Smith 1879 – 1951​
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi)​
Ethel Calhoon Smith 1887 – 1958​
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi)​

Education:

1853: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (45th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1853 – 1855: Brevet 2nd Lt. in the United States Army, Infantry​
1854 – 1854: Frontier Duty at Fort Riley, Kansas​
1854: Frontier Duty at Fort Atkinson, Kansas​
1854 – 1855: Garrison Duty at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri​
1855 – 1859: 2nd Lt. in 6th United States Army, Infantry Regiment​
1855: Frontier Duty at Fort Riley, Kansas​
1855: Served in the Sioux Expedition​
1856: Served in the Disturbances in Kansas Territory​
1857: Served in the march to Bridger’s Pass, Utah Territory​
1857: Frontier Duty at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas​
1857 – 1858: Served in the Disturbances in Kansas Territory​
1858: Served in the Utah Expedition​
1859: Served Frontier Duty at Camp Prentiss, California​
1859 – 1860: Frontier Duty at Fort Yuma, California​
1859 – 1861: 1st Lt. in 6th United States Army, Infantry Regiment​
1860 – 1861: Frontier Duty at Fort Crook, California​
1861: Resigned from the United States Army on May 9, 1861​

Civil War Career:
1861 – 1862: Lt. In the Confederate States Army​
1862: Major and Adjutant General to General Leonidas Polk​
1862: Lt. Colonel of 2nd Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Battle of Shiloh​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky​
1862 – 1863: Colonel of 5th Confederate Infantry Regiment​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Murfreesboro, Kentucky​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia​
1863 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1863: Shot through both legs during Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee​
1864: Captured fifteen Artillery Guns during Battle of Atlanta, Georgia​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Atlanta, Georgia​
1864: Brigade Commander during Battle of Franklin, Tennessee​
1864: Division Commander during Battle of Nashville, Tennessee​
1865: Participated in the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1878: Farmer in Mississippi​
1878 – 1886: Mississippi State Superintendent of Public Education​
United States Marshal of the Supreme Court of Mississippi​

Died: December 6, 1901

Place of Death: Jackson, Mississippi

Age at time of Death: 70 years old

Burial Place: Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi
 
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Luke Freet

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James A. Smith was the 2nd most senior brigade commander in Cleburne's division after the shakeups at Chickamauga, taking command of the Texas Brigade. Leading the brigade at Tunnel Hill and Bald Hill, he would temporarily command Olmstead's brigade at the start of the Nashville Campaign. With Cleburne's death, he would take command of the division at Nashville and Bentonville.
He seemed to be a good commander, though he only served breifly at the head of brigades, being wounded at both Tunnel Hill and Bald Hill. Was he the worthy successor to command's Cleburne's division? Hard to say.
 

Luke Freet

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Earlier I stated that Smith commanded a brigade in Brown's Division. Was this MG John Calvin Brown?
Yes. This division mostly consisted of the consolidated remains of Cleburne's and Bate's division. I beleive J. A. Smith commanded The Consolidated Florida Brigade, Mercer's/Olmstead's/His Georgia Brigade, and the 37th Georgia and 4th Georgia Sharpshooters from Tyler's/T. B. Smith's Old Brigade. The other was Govan's Brigade, consisting of the consolidated Arkansans and the consolidated Texans.
 

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