General Ashbel Smith, C.S.A.

General Ashbel Smith, C.S.A. (HM1DE8)

Location: Comanche, TX 76442 Comanche County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 53.853', W 98° 36.285'

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(1805 - 1886)

Born in Connecticut. Graduated at 19 from Yale. Studied medicine in France, where friends were Revolutionary War hero Lafayette and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. As a North Carolina doctor he later took interest in politics and government.

Came to Texas 1837. Was made Surgeon-General of Army. As headright (settler's land bounty) and pay for army service, obtained in 1839 Comanche County tract on South Leon River, near this site.

Was sent to England and France, 1842, as Texas charge d'affaires. In Cabinet of President Anson Jones, was last Secretary of State of Republic of Texas.

Served in U.S. Army in Mexican War. As member of Texas Legislature, 1855-1857, worked in behalf of schools and railroads.

Won Civil War citations for bravery. Commanded 2nd Texas Infantry. Built defenses and helped to save Texas Coast from Federal invasion. In 1865, at the end of the war, served as one of commissioners empowered to negotiate peace terms for Texas.

Was elected to Legislature in 1865 and in 1877. Serving as first chairman of Board of Regents of University of Texas, set ideals of scholarship.
HM NumberHM1DE8
Marker Number2123
Year Placed1965
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 537375 N 3529148
Decimal Degrees31.89755000, -98.60475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 53.853', W 98° 36.285'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 53' 51.18" N, 98° 36' 17.10" W
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Area Code(s)254, 325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 W Central Ave, Comanche TX 76442, US
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