Thomas Alfred Smyth

Thomas Alfred Smyth

Birth
Ballyhooly, County Cork, Ireland
Death 9 Apr 1865 (aged 32)
Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 5841962 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brigadier General. Enlisted as member of the 24th Pennsylvania Infantry, a six-month unit in 1861. After is was mustered out he was appointed Major of the 1st Delaware Volunteer Infantry, advancing to its Lieutenant Colonel in December 1862 and Colonel and commander in February 1863. He participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg (where he commanded a brigade). He was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers in October 1864. Serving as a division commander he was riding along his skirmish line at Farmville during the April 1865 Confederate retreat from Petersburg, Virginia when he was shot through the mouth by a sharpshooter, the ball shattering his cervical vertebra. Taken to a nearby house he died two days later. He was the last Union general killed during the war. He was posthumously brevetted Major General, US Volunteers.

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  • Added: 13 Oct 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5841962
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Alfred Smyth (25 Dec 1832–9 Apr 1865), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5841962, citing Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .