William F. Smith (1824-1903)

William Farrar Smith, known as "Baldy," was an engineer and major general in the Union Army. He graduated West Point in 1845. Cantankerous and difficult, he wrote a letter to Washington to criticize his commander, Burnside, and present his ideas for an advance to Richmond. This infuriated Burnside and Congress, who refused to confirm his appointment as major general. Because of Grant's friendship Smith was later appointed major general. Although he had a chance to end the war at Petersburg, he was too cautious and ruined the opportunity, instead fighting with Winfield S. Hancock on the field. Smith was removed from command.

Date:
1863 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES17768
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
1207px
Width:
729px
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