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Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

General Edmund Kirby Smith

 
 
General Edmund Kirby Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
1. General Edmund Kirby Smith Marker
Inscription.  Edmund Kirby Smith commanded the victorious Confederate army at the Battle of Richmond. He served in every theater of the Civil War. Kirby Smith was the last Confederate general to surrender.

Graduated from West Point
Edmund Kirby Smith was born in St. Augustine, Florida. After graduating from West Point in 1845, he served in the U.S. army for sixteen years. Kirby Smith resigned his commission on April 6, 1861, to enlist in the Confederate army, where he attained the rank of general that June. At the Battle of First Manassas he was severely wounded in an attack that helped win the battle for the Confederacy.

Won the Battle of Richmond
After Manassas, Kirby Smith took command of East Tennessee, where he and Gen. Braxton Bragg planned the Kentucky Campaign. At Richmond, his army destroyed a Union force commanded by Gen. William "Bull" Nelson. His army then captured Lexington and Frankfort, the only Union state capitol to fall.

Commanded the Dept. of the Trans-Mississippi
Kirby Smith's success in Kentucky prompted his promotion to lieutenant general and Commander of the Department
General Edmund Kirby Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
2. General Edmund Kirby Smith Marker
Marker is located at second from right at the Battle of Richmond Visitor Center
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of the Trans-Mississippi. In 1864, he attained the rank of full general, the highest rank in the Confederate army. Kirby Smith was the last Confederate general to surrender, surrendering the Department of the Trans-Mississippi at Galveston, Texas, on June 2, 1865.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1862.
 
Location. 37° 41.068′ N, 84° 15.471′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) and Berea Road (U.S. 25), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General William "Bull" Nelson (here, next to this marker); General Mahlon Manson (here, next to this marker); Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (here, next to this marker); Battle of Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Richmond Masonic Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sturdy, Accurate and Reliable (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight at Rogersville (within shouting distance of this marker); Route of Advance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Battle of Richmond Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
3. Battle of Richmond Visitor Center
Battle of Richmond Visitor Center- Kirby Smith Bust image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
4. Battle of Richmond Visitor Center- Kirby Smith Bust
General Edmund Kirby Smith Bust - Close up image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
5. General Edmund Kirby Smith Bust - Close up
General Edmund Kirby Smith Flag information image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
6. General Edmund Kirby Smith Flag information
This is the information attached to the flag
Battle of Richmond Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 31, 2012
7. Battle of Richmond Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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