CDV OF U.S. GENERAL WILLIAM F. “BALDY” SMITH

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Three-quarter standing studio view of Smith. He wears a double-breasted coat with shoulder straps. Image is clear with good detail. Lower, left corner of image torn and missing. Bottom corners of mount are trimmed. A pencil identification is under the photo on front. Photographer’s backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York from Brady’s negative.

William Farrar Smith (February 17, 1824 – February 28, 1903), known as "Baldy" Smith, was a Union general in the American Civil War, notable for attracting the extremes of glory and blame. He was praised for his gallantry in the Seven Days Battles and the Battle of Antietam, but was demoted for insubordination after the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg. As chief engineer of the Army of the Cumberland, he achieved recognition by restoring a supply line that saved that army from starvation and surrender, known as the "Cracker Line", that helped Union troops to success in the Chattanooga Campaign in the autumn of 1863. Leading the first operation against Petersburg, Smith's hesitation, possibly illness-related, cost the Union a prime opportunity for a quick end to the war, and he was relieved of command.

Smith resigned from the volunteer service in 1865, and from the U.S. Army in 1867. From 1864 to 1873 he was president of the International Telegraph Company, and from 1875 to 1881 served on the board of police commissioners of New York City, becoming its president in 1877. After 1881 he was engaged in civil engineering work in Pennsylvania. He died at Philadelphia in 1903 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

This image was part of the Ray Ritchie collection. [jet] [ph:L]

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