General Smith

Display Name: 
General Smith
Sort Name: 
Smith, General
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
Union General
Date of Birth: 
Friday, April 28, 1815
Origin: 
Pennsylvania
Biography: 

"General Smith" is the commander of the Union forces that Philip attacks. Bayard's narrative never gives him a first name. There were two Union Generals named Smith who fought Confederate Nathan Bedford Forrest in Mississippi at various times after the fall of Vicksburg. General William Sooy Smith was defeated by Forrest on February 22, 1864, in the Battle of Okolona. However, most scholars assume the General Smith in Faulkner's story is Andrew Jackson Smith, who fought Forrest at the Battle of Tupelo in July, 1864. Faulkner had a particular reason to know this Smith: also in 1864 he was in command of the soldiers who burned both Oxford (the original of Jefferson) and Ripley, where among the houses they destroyed was the home of Colonel William Falkner, the author's great-grandfather.

Ontological Status: 
Historical/Real
Individual or Group: 
Individual
Character changes class in this text: 

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