Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Born Sep 6th 1797. Died May 18th 1887.
Member of Virginia Senate.
Governor of Virginia.
Member of United States Congress.
Member of Confederate States Congress.
Colonel 49th Virginia Volunteers.
Brig. General Confederate States Army.
Major General Confederate States Army.
Governor of Virginia.
(On back of granite base): Through past three score he entered the military service as Colonel of Virginia Infantry and rose by sheer merit to the rank of Major General. At first Manassas, Seven Pines, the Seven Days Battle, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg his fiery yet cheerful courage was everywhere conspicuous and the only faulth imputed to him by his superiors was a too reckless exposure of his person. Thrice wounded at Sharpsburg, he refused to leave the field, and remained in command of his regiment until the end of
(On southeast side of granite base): A man of strong convictions, bred in the strict states rights school. He yielded paramount allegiance to his mother state, and maintained with fearless and impassioned eloquence, in the Congress of the United States the sovereignty of Virginia. When the storm of war burst, "His voice was his sword."
(On northwest side of granite base): Called from the army to guide again the destinies of the Commonwealth during 1864-1865. He displayed such energy, resource, and unshaken resolution, as drew to him the heart of the whole southern people. Tried by both extremes of fortune he proved equal to the trial, and died as he had live, a Virginian of Virginians.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1908.
Location. 37° 32.367′ N, 77° 26.009′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is located in Capitol Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Edmund Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Inauguration of Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Flood Byrd (within shouting distance of this marker); Richmond, Virginia Bicentennial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Tyler (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. William Smith served as governor of Virginia from 1841-1843, as well as a U.S. Congressman, a state senator, and a general in the Confederate States Army. He earned the nickname "Extra Billy" in 1831 for repeatedly requesting extra compensation as a mail carrier from Washington to Milledgeville, Georgia.
The sculpture was unveiled on Memorial Day, May 30, 1906. F. William Sievers sculpted a large version of William Ludwell Sheppard's design.
Also see . . .
1. SMITH, William, (1797 - 1887). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress entry for William Smith. (Submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Wikipedia entry for William "Extra Billy" Smith. "William Smith, nicknamed Extra Billy (September 6, 1797 – May 18, 1887) was a lawyer, congressman, two time Governor of Virginia and one of the oldest Confederate generals in the American Civil War." (Submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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