General E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A.

General E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A. (HM27SD)

Location: Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Gillespie County
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N 30° 13.39', W 98° 43.329'

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Texas Rancher

—(1824-1893) —

Born in Florida. Graduated from West Point. Fought in Mexican War. On the Texas frontier in the 1850s, commanded Camps Belknap, Cooper and Colorado.

In 1860 and many years afterwards was a partner of J. M. Hunter of Fredericksburg in a Texas ranch.

Resigned from U. S. Army, 1861, to serve Confederacy. Was appointed 1863, to command all the area west of the Mississippi. At that time Federals held the river, all of Missouri, much of Arkansas, Louisiana and Indian Territory, and were trying to take Texas and her supplies of food, cotton and horses.

The Trans-Mississippi Dept. had many problems. The French under Maximilian were approaching from Mexico. Indians and bandits constantly raided frontiers. Freighters and blockade runners had to be employed for exporting cotton - the only product the South had for trading to get guns, ammunition and goods.

Texas was chief source of the cotton Gen. Smith used for financing his army. It was place of safety to which he sent his wife and children. It gave him ovations as he went to Mexico after the war ended.

Young Texans studied, 1875-1893, in his mathematics classes at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
HM NumberHM27SD
Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 526737 N 3343547
Decimal Degrees30.22316667, -98.72215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 13.39', W 98° 43.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 13' 23.4" N, 98° 43' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10567 US-290, Fredericksburg TX 78624, US
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