BG William Smith

BG William Smith

Orwell, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Death 17 Jan 1912 (aged 80)
Pelham Manor, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Orwell, Addison County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 46615640 · View Source
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Brig. General United States Army. Son of Israel and Delia F Smith.

Suggested edit: Hello,
I came across this gentleman's obituary and it seemed worth sharing. I obtained his DOB from the vermontcivilwar dot org website. It includes information about his brother, Rodney (#46615600), who also attained BG rank.

Since the obituary was published before 1925, it is no longer covered by copyright and the text can be used freely on the memorial page, if you choose. It may help future family/historical researchers.
Best regards & be well,

WILLIAM SMITH, Brigadier General, U.S.A., retired, died yesterday of pneumonia, at his home, 435 Fowler avenue, Pelham Manor, N. Y. He was, 80 years old.
He was Paymaster of Volunteers in 1861, and was mustered out in July, 1866. In the following year he was made Major in the Paymaster's Department, and in September, 1888, he was raised to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In March, 1890, he was made Brigadier General and Paymaster General by President Harrison. He was afterward brevetted Lieutenant Colonel of Volunteers from 1865 for meritorious service during the war. He was retired is March, 1895.
While he was Paymaster, Smith traveled over many parts of the country, making some of his trips in a wagon with an escort. He suffered much hardship while traveling in the Northwest. He was caught in a blizzard on the plains, and narrowly escaped death; his party managed to reach some abandoned Indian tepees and got shelter from the storm.
General Smith lived in Washington for many years. During the last seven years he bad been a resident of Pelham Manor.
He was born in Orwell, Vt., and the interment will be there after a private funeral service at his late residence.
He is survived by his wife, a son, William McAllister Smith, of New Rochelle, and a daughter, Mrs. Catherine S. Myrick, of Pelham Manor.

~source: Yonkers Statesman; Thursday, Jan 18 1912
Contributor: Sheila Y. (46516735)

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  • Created by: Alan Lathrop
  • Added: 12 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46615640
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for BG William Smith (26 Mar 1831–17 Jan 1912), Find a Grave Memorial no. 46615640, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Orwell, Addison County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Alan Lathrop (contributor 47101383) .