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W. Smith

W. Smith

Confederate (CSA)


William Smith

"Extra Billy"

(1797 - 1887)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Pre-War Profession: Lawyer, mail coach operator, politician, US congressman, governor. His nickname was given for the extra payments he received in his mail coach business.

In August 1861 he was appointed Colonel of the 49th Virginia Regiment and fought at First Manassas. He was elected to the Confederate congress, and led his Regiment on the Peninsula campaign, at the Seven Days, and at Second Manassas.

On the Campaign

In command of the 49th VA Regiment part of Early's Brigade in Ewell's Division and took command of the Brigade when BGen Early moved up to take command of the Division.