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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2007 04:04 am
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My grandmother swears that we have in our history a Civil War general.  How exciting!  But of course it has to be a General John Smith, one of the most common names ever.  And I don't know what side he fought for, as he likely either came from Virginia or West Virginia (though really it could be any state below the Mason-Dixon).  I don't know really anything else other than his name.

It's a long shot, I know, but has anyone heard of a General John Smith?



 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2007 04:34 am
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Sarah-

   There was indeed a Union general named John Eugene Smith. He was born in Switzerland. He ended up in Illinois. He was made a brigadier general of volunteers in November of 1862. Here is a short biography of him.

 

http://famousamericans.net/johneugenesmith/

   And here is a picture of him and his monument.

 

Gen John Eugene Smith (1816 - 1897) - Find A Grave Memorial

   If this is not your man, there is another possibility. There was a John Corson Smith who was a lieutenant colonel in the 96th Illinois. He was made a brevet brigadier general on June 20, 1865. He might be connected somehow to the one above, being from Illinois also.

   Being made a brevet general was usually a reward for faithful service. It did not bring with it the pay of a full rank general, but the officer was allowed to use the title of: "General."

  Here is a picture and short bio of John Corson Smith.

 

John Corson Smith (1832 - 1910) - Find A Grave Memorial

  He was born in Philadelphia and is 16 years younger than General John Eugene Smith above. The bio of John E. Smith indicates that when he first came to America, it was to Philadelphia. That makes me believe that the two are related in some way. They are buried in the same cemetery.

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Sarah,

You have my sympathy.   I too have CW ancestors named Smith, in this case a gggrandfather Daniel Smith who, to complicate matters enlisted in a series of 3 month Union regiments, coming home between enlistments.   Talk about searching for a needle in a haystack.   I finally found his pension records  :)

 

Regards fron NW Ohio,

Marie



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Thank you very much, Texas Defender.  I'm unaware of any family ever living in Illinois, but I suppose anything is possible.  I'm starting to think it's more likely that the John Smith in our family wasn't really a general.  And I can't imagine ever being able to find an enlistedman named John Smith without at least a definite state.  I probably will never find out for sure.

Thanks again!  That was extremely helpful.



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I have been searching for the a Virginia/West Virginia John Smith line and on Findagrave.com is John Smith, Sr. b. 12 Dec 1821 Union, Monroe, West Virginia d. 25 Nov 1905 Newport, Giles, Virginia. On his grave stone is the inscription
Co.H 36th Va. Inf. Regt. CSA
I hope this was helpful.



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My great grandfather told my dad that we had a relative in the Civil War. After many hours of looking through Indiana regimental rosters I think I might have found the guy. He would have been 2 months shy of his 17th birthday when he enlisted. The first and last names match plus his middle initial. He also would have been living in the county they guy on the roster listed as his residence. But I saw his and his wife's gravestone and it doesn't mention his service. I'm really wanting to nail this down 100%....where and what can I do to verify that he is or isn't the Civil War ancestor? The guy survived the war and rose to the rank of Sgt.



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BHR62 what is his name?



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Burton S. Dimmett of the 42nd Indiana.  He lived until 1918.



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BHR62 I looked on Ancestry.com and found a Civil War pension record for a Burton S. Dimmett and his wife Mary F. Dimmett. The document was hard to read, but I saw a 42 on the original.



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oh my God...that was his wife's name also....THANK YOU! 



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Your Welcome!



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Sarah wrote: My grandmother swears that we have in our history a Civil War general.  How exciting!  But of course it has to be a General John Smith, one of the most common names ever.  And I don't know what side he fought for, as he likely either came from Virginia or West Virginia (though really it could be any state below the Mason-Dixon).  I don't know really anything else other than his name.

It's a long shot, I know, but has anyone heard of a General John Smith?


Here is a link that list all generals that served in the civil war both North and South...

http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/generals.html

Form these list the was just one general named John E. Smith and he fought for the union...

 



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