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George Hugh SmithRoster ID 552
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1853|
|Biography & Genealogy:||George Hugh Smith, Class of 1853: Genealogy: Born- Feb. 2, 1834 in Philadelphia, PA. Father- Rev. George Arch Smith; Mother- Ophelia Ann Williams. Pat. Grandfather- Hugh Smith; Pat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Watson. Mat. Grandfather- Issac Hite Williams; Mat. Grandmother- Lucy Coleman. Married- Susan Thornton Glossell Patton, widow of Col. George S. Patton. Children- Anne O. Smith who married Hancock Banning. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 1, 1850 as 3rd Classman (Sophomore); Graduated July 4, 1853. Military Record: Enlisted June 11, 1861 in Co. E, 25th Va.; Elected Captain July 1, 1861; Captured July 11, 1861; Paroled at Beverly Court House July 16, 1861; Exchanged in early 1862; promoted to Col. May 1, 1862; slightly wounded in action at McDowell; slightly wounded in action Aug. 29, 1862 at Second Manassas; Became Col. of 62nd Va. May 19, 1863; In hospital in Harrisonburg Oct. 1864; Paroled June 7, 1865 at Amherst Court House. Careers: Before the War: Lieut. and Asst. Professor of Languages and Assistant Instructor of Tactics at VMI 1854-55; Practiced Law in West Virginia; Employed for two years on a government expedition for the construction of a road from Dallas through Oregon to Ft. Benton on the Missori; After the War: Lived in Mexico for two years surveying and planting cotton; Moved to California in July 1868 practicing law; In California Senate during 1877-78; Reporter of Supreme Court Decisions 1880-81; Supreme Court Commissioner 1900-05; Justice of the Court of Appeals after that. Died- Feb. 15, 1915.|