★  Smyth, Thomas Alfred

Thomas Alfred Smyth

December 25, 1832

Birthplace: Ballyhooly County, Cork, Ireland

David Smyth 1800 –

Mother: Margaret Kennedy 1815 – 1899

Wife: Amanda Melvina Pounder 1836 – 1918
(Buried: Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware)​


Emma Virginia Smyth 1859 – 1924​

Occupation before War:

1854: Immigrated to the United States settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania​
Participated in William Walker’s expedition to Nicaragua​
Wood Carver, Coach, and Carriage Maker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania​

Civil War Career:

1861: Captain in 24th Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Major of 1st Delaware Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1862: Served in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1862 – 1863: Lt. Colonel of 1st Delaware Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville Virginia​
1863 – 1864: Colonel of 1st Delaware Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1863: Wounded on the 3rd Day at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1864: Served in the Overland Campaign in Virginia​
1864 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers Infantry​
1864: Served in the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1864 – 1865: Served as Division Commander in the Union Army​
1865: Shot thru the mouth shattering the cervical vertebra Farmville​

April 9, 1865

Place of Death: Burke’s Tavern in Nottoway County, Virginia

Age at time of Death: 32 years old

Cause of Death: Wound to the cervical vertebra

Burial Place:
Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Delaware
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
One of his commands was known as the 2nd Irish Brigade.Was there a brigade that he commanded during the Overland Campaign known by that name? And was the brigade made up of Irishmen or was it because of Smyth Himself was Irish?