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Kirby-Smith 327 Sewanee,TN
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Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith was the son of Joseph Lee Smith and Frances Kirby Smith. A native of St. Augustine, Florida, he was born on May 16, 1824. In 1845, he graduated from West Point and was assigned to the infantry. During the Mexican War, he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant then Captain for his gallantry. He was later engaged in Indian warfare on the Texas frontier. In 1861, he attained the rank of Major. When Florida seceded from the Union at the outbreak of the War Between the States, he resigned his Army commission and entered the Confederate service as Lieutenant Colonel. He was promoted to Brigadier General on June 17, 1861 and was wounded at the Battle of Bull Run. In command of the Confederate Forces in the Cumberland Gap region, Gen. Kirby-Smith took part in Gen. Braxton Bragg's invasion of Kentucky on August 30, 1862; present at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. From February 1863 to the fall of the Confederacy, Gen. Kirby-Smith was in command of the Trans-Mississippi Department and was successful in making his section self-supporting. The General instituted a regular system of blockade running, and met and defeated the Red River Expedition under Gen. Nathan P. Banks. Gen. Kirby-Smith and his troops surrendered on May 26, 1865, being the last armed forces of the Confederate States to do so.
Following the War Between the States, Gen. Kirby-Smith was President of the Atlantic and Telegraph Company (1866-1868); President of the Western Military Academy (1868-1870); Chancellor of the University of Nashville, Tennessee (1870-1875); and Professor of Mathematics at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (1875 until his death).
Gen. Kirby-Smith died at his home in Sewanee on March 28, 1893 and is buried in the University Cemetery. He was married to Caroline (Cassie) Selden, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, and from their union was born 11 children.