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Name:Thomas Henderson Smith
Affiliation:Class of 1862
Biography & Genealogy:Thomas Henderson Smith, Class of 1862: Genealogy: Born- Aug. 21, 1842 at VMI in Lexington, Va. Father- Gen. Francis H. Smith, Superintendent of VMI; Mother- Sarah Henderson. Pat. Grandfather- Francis Smith, born in England; Pat. Grandmother- Anne Morsden. Mat. Grandfather- Dr. Thomas Henderson; Mat. Grandmother- Anna Maria Truxton, daughter of Commodore Thomas Truxton. Married- L. Maria Singleton Smith, daughter of William Henry Smith of Norfolk, Va. Children- 1- Truxton Smith; 2- William H. Smith; 3- Annie Singleton Smith, who became Mrs. Higginbotham. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 21, 1858; Graduated Dec. 6, 1861 ranking 26th in a class of 35. Military Record: Drill master for Corps of Cadets in spring of 1861; appointed Acting Adjutant of 9th Va. Infantry on Aug. 3, 1861 under provisions of June 28, 1861 ordinance of Secession Convention; Appointed 2nd Lieut. Sept. 11, 1861; promoted to 1st Lieut. of Artillery Nov. 18, 1861; Relieved as Adjutant in Spring of 1862 and in Aug. 1862 ordered to the Army of Northern Va. for artillery duty; Assigned to Captain G. V. Moody's Co. of Louisiana Light Artillery (Madison Artillery) Sept. 22, 1862; detailed immediately as Ordnance Officer for battalion by Col. (later Gen.) S. D. Lee; On Nov. 25, 1862 detailed as Adjutant Col. (later Brig. Gen.) E. P. Alexander's artillery battalion; Praised for conduct at Fredericksburg; out sick in 1863; meanwhile Moody's Co. filled his position by election and on July 19, 1863 he requested transfer to ordnance or staff duty; On July 30, 1863 ordered to Dept. of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and assigned as Assistant Adjutant General on staff of Brig. Gen. R. S. Ripley; Praised for conduct at Batty Wagner; sometimes served as ordnance officer; on Dec. 2, 1863 ordered to South West Va. for duty as ordnance officer on staff of Brig. Gen. W. E. Jones; served in same post on staff of Brig. Gen. B. T. Johnson who replaced Jones; Paroled April 9, 1865. Careers: Assistant Professor and Adjutant at VMI; Merchant. Died- July 1, 1909 in Richmond, Va.
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