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Speed Smith Fry

  • Birth 9 Sep 1817 Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 1 Aug 1892 Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
  • Plot Addition 2, Division 1, Section 1, Lot 33
  • Memorial ID 5894037

Civil War Union Brigadier General, Judge. Born near Danville, Kentucky, he graduated from Wabash College and became a lawyer in Boyle County, Kentucky. He was appointed as a Captain when the Mexican-American War erupted and assigned to the 2nd Kentucky Volunteer Regiment. He fought with distinction at the Battle of Buena Vista. He returned to Kentucky after the war and became a state court judge in Boyle County and a Colonel of Kentucky Militia. When the Civil War began, he helped to recruit and organize the 4th Regiment Kentucky Mounted Infantry and was commissioned as a Colonel. He led the regiment into battle at Mill Springs, Kentucky on January 19, 1862 and was credited with killing Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer. He was later wounded at the battle when he was shot in the thigh. Fry was promoted to Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers a couple of months later and was placed in command of the 2nd Brigade in the 1st Division of the Army of the Ohio. He led the brigade at the Battle of Perryville and was assigned to lead the 3rd Division of the XIV Corps. After commanding his troops at the Battle of Chickamauga, he was appointed to command the sub-district of North Central Kentucky and also became the commanding officer at Camp Nelson, Kentucky. He was mustered out of the service with the rest of his regiment a few months after the war was over. He returned to his home in Kentucky and became an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress in 1866. He was later appointed as a supervisor for the Internal Revenue collection. He died in Louisville, Kentucky when he was 74 years old.

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  • Added: 26 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5894037
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Speed Smith Fry (9 Sep 1817–1 Aug 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5894037, citing Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .