Severely wounded in the battle of 1st Manassas, Virginia
(1824-93) Graduated in the West Point class of 1845. He won the brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain for gallantry at Cerro Gordo and Contreras during the Mexican War. From 1849-52, he was assistant professor of mathematics at West Point. Later he served in the Indian campaigns on the Texas frontier. A native of Florida, he resigned his commission on April 6, 1861, at the time that Florida seceded from the Union. He entered the Confederate service as a lieutenant colonel and served in the Shenandoah Valley under General Joseph E. Johnston. On June 17, 1861, E.K. Smith was commissioned brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States and was severely wounded at 1st Manassas. He was promoted to major general on October 11, 1861, and in 1862 he was in command of the District of East Tennessee. Smith participated in General Braxton Bragg's invasion of Kentucky, and won a decisive victory at Richmond, Ky., on August 30, 1862. He became lieutenant general from October 9, 1862. From 1862-65 he was in command of the Trans-Mississippi Department, and received permanent rank of general in the Provisional Army on February 19, 1864. In the spring of 1864, his army repelled the Red River expedition of General N.P. Banks. Smith was almost the last Confederate general in the field, but in a hopelessly isolated situation, he finally surrendered his troops to General E.R.S. Canby on May 26, 1865.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in Confederate uniform. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York, Manufacturers of the best Photographic Albums. Light age toning, a few discoloration spots in the background area, and light wear.