Thomas Ingles Smith

Thomas Ingles Smith (HM1568)

Location: Corsicana, TX 75110 Navarro County
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N 32° 5.741', W 96° 28.132'

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Thomas Ingles Smith was born in 1800 in Virginia and was a soldier in the War of 1812 in a company commanded by his father, General Bird B. Smith. Smith arrived in Texas late in 1836, and soon enlisted in the Republic of Texas army under Gen Felix Huston. He was wounded in the Battle of the Salado in September 1842. In December of that year President Sam Houston sent a small group of Rangers under the command of Smith and Eli Chandler to move the archives of the Republic to Washington-on-the-Brazos. The citizens of Austin, in a show of force, prevented the move in what became known as the Archive War. By 1843 Smith was living along Chambers Creek in present Ellis County, and in 1844 was a Texas Ranger and Indian Scout. He commanded the Robertson County Rangers along the frontier in 1845. As commissioner to negotiate with the Indians, he signed the last treaty made by the Republic of Texas. Fort Smith, one of a line of fortifications from the Colorado to Red River, was established in 1846 and named for Thomas I. Smith. Along with two partners, he gave land for the townsite of Corsicana, and was a member of the commission to locate the Navarro County seat in 1848. He died in Austin in March 1848.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
HM NumberHM1568
Marker Number11637
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 738864 N 3553846
Decimal Degrees32.09568333, -96.46886667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 5.741', W 96° 28.132'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 5' 44.46" N, 96° 28' 7.92" W
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Area Code(s)903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 W 2nd Ave, Corsicana TX 75110, US
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