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Smith, A. L.


A. L. Smith was born in York County, S. C., September 20, 1845. He entered the Confederate States Army as a volunteer in 1863, and served until paroled at Greensboro, N. C., under Joseph E. Johnston, April 26, 1865. His branch of the service was the light artillery, and he served principally on the coast of South Carolina. His command followed that of Johnston to North Carolina when pressed by Sherman, who entered South Carolina in 1865.

A. L. Smith was elected Commander of Omar R. Weaver Camp, U. V. C., No. 354, January, 1920, and was reelected Commander January, 1921, and while serving his second term was called by death on October 30, 1921.

He was elected Brigadier General to command the First Brigade in the Arkansas Division, U. C. V., November 4, 1919, and served one term.

He was the father of eight children, four boys and four girls. Of these, Dr. H. B. Smith, E. V. Smith, Mrs. E. L. Farmer, and Mrs. E. R. Russell survive him.

He was a man of sterling worth, conscientious and honest in his dealings, and stood for law and order in the community; was a positive and decided character, patriotic, and devoted to his country and to duty. He was a member of long standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, charitable, kind, and gentle, and very liberal in his opinion of others. In a word, A. L. Smith was a Christian gentleman, and no higher encomium can be passed upon any one's character. Peace to his ashes!
And now that life's tasks are o'er,

Dream, comrade, of battle fields no more, Safe upon the distant farther shore,
Greeted by many comrades gone before. Father, to thy gracious love and keeping, Leave we now our comrade, brother, sleeping.

[B. W. Green, A. J. Snodgrass, Committee.]

Confederate Veteran, February 1922

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