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⋆M★G⋆ Smith, William "Extra Billy" - Gov. of Virginia

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Brigadier General
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Apr 11, 2016
NE Georgia - SC
William “Extra Billy” Smith

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September 6, 1797

Birthplace: Marengo, King George County, Virginia

Father: Colonel Caleb Smith 1748 – 1814

Mother: Mary Waugh 1775 -

Wife: Elizabeth Hansbrough Bell 1800 – 1879
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​


William Henry Smith 1822 – 1850​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
James Caleb Smith 1824 – 1856​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Lt. Colonel Austin E. Smith 1829 – 1862​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)
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Lt. Colonel Peter Bell Smith 1837 – 1865​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Colonel Thomas Smith 1836 – 1918​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Captain Fred Smith​
Mary Amelia Smith​


Attended Plainfield Academy in Connecticut​


Attorney in Culpeper, Virginia​
Established and Owner of a U.S. Mail & Passenger Post Coaches line​
1836 – 1841: Virginia State Senator​
1841 – 1843: United States Representative from Virginia​
1846 – 1849: Governor of Virginia​
1850: President of California Democratic Convention​
1853 – 1861: United States Representative from Virginia​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1863: Colonel of 49th Virginia Infantry​
1861: Performed well as a commander at First Battle of Bull Run​
1862: Confederate States Representative from Virginia​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Seven Pines​
1862: Participated in the Seven Days Campaign​
1862: Wounded three times during the Battle of Antietam
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1863: Brigadier General of Confederate States Infantry​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863 – 1864: Major General & Assistant Inspector General in Virginia​
1864 – 1865: Governor of Virginia​

Occupation after War:

1865: Arrested by the Union Government​
1865: Paroled by the Union Government​
Farmer on his estate Monte Rosa near Warrenton, Virginia​
1877 – 1879: Member of Virginia State House of Delegates​

Died: May 18, 1887

Place of Death: Monte Rosa near Warrenton, Virginia

Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Age at time of Death: 89 years old

Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

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