Edmund Kirby Smith, who became one of the few full generals of the Confederate Army during the War Between the States, was born in St. Augustine, May 16, 1824. He was the second of Judge Joseph Lee Smith, who had left Connecticut in 1823 to become one of the two judges of the Superior Court of the Territory of Florida. President Monroe had appointed Judge Smith to that post in the new territorial government that was then being set up by the United States after the acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1821.
James, Joseph B.
"Edmund Kirby Smith’s Boyhood in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 14:
4, Article 4.
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