(? - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th Georgia Infantry
He was a lawyer in Talbotton, GA. He was commissioned Captain, Company K, 27th Georgia Infantry on 10 September and was elected the Regiment's first Colonel as it was organized in September 1861 (to date from 11 September). He was cited during the Seven Days action (June 1862) by General DH Hill, who said "The Sixth and Twenty-seventh Georgia, of this brigade, commanded by those pure, brave, noble Christian soldiers Lieut. Col. J. M. Newton and Col. Levi B. Smith, behaved most heroically, and maintained their ground when half their number had been struck down. "
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
References & notes
Service dates from the Roster 1 via the Historical Data Systems database.
09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD