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Portrait #1570
Subject/Title:
Smith, Thomas Benton
Artist:Webb, Sarah
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:36 x 30 1/4
Image Dimensions:29 x 23
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:July 2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Confederate Officer, 3 star general; dark-haired, blue-eyed, with a black mustache.
History of Work:
Notes:Born February 24, 1838 in Mechanicsville in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Became the youngest Brigadier General in the Army of Tennessee. Thought to have told the Carters that Todd Carter was wounded in the Battle of Franklin. Smith was wounded after being taken prisoner at the Battle of Nashville by a "deranged" Yankee officer who struck him with 3 saber cuts to the head. As a result of these wounds, he spent the rest of his life in and out of the Tennessee State Asylum. He died May 21, 1923 and is buried in the Confederate Circle of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.

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