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Isaac Williams SmithRoster ID 246
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1847|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Isacc Williams Smith, Class of 1847. Genealogy: Born- Feb. 15, 1826, in Fredericksburg, Va. Father- George Archibald Smith; Mother- Ophelia Ann Williams. Paternal Grandfather- Hugh Smith, b. Knutsford, England; Paternal Grandmother- Elizabeth Watson, b. Armagh, Ireland. Maternal Grandfather- Isaac Hite Williams; Maternal Grandmother- Lucy Coleman Slaughter. Never married; no children. Education: Matriculated at VMI on August 14, 1844; resigned January 27, 1846; granted honorary graduate status July 2, 1874. Military Record: U. S. Army- Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 8th U.S. Infantry, March 8, 1847; 2nd Lieut., U.S. Voltigeurs, April 9, 1847; mustered out August 31, 1848. Confederate Army- In 1861 returned from West to join CSA; appointed Lt. Engineers [date unknown]; Captain by May 2, 1864; served in Richmond area 1863-1865, in charge of pontoon service. Career: Engineer. Highly regarded engineer in Washington, California and Oregon; designed construction of locks and canal for Willamette River falls; engineer on construction of Western Pacific Railroad; on Board of Railroad Commissioners for State of California; chief engineer State Harbor Commission (CA); supervised new water system for Portland, OR. Other: Brother of George H. Smith, Class of 1853. Died- Jan. 01, 1897, in Portland, Or.|