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    Colonel Thomas Smith Full Malacca Walking Stick. 35", fine silver head with filigree sides, the top engraved "Capt. A. D. Payne / From / Col. Thos. Smith / N.M. 'Cactus'". Thomas Smith (1836-1918), son of Virginia Governor "Extra Billy" Smith, was commissioned as a major in the 36th Virginia Infantry on July 16, 1861. Wounded at Cloyd's Mountain, Virginia, Smith was promoted to full colonel in May 1864. After the Civil War, Smith served as the United States Attorney for New Mexico, then chief justice of New Mexico Territory.

    Alexander Dixon Payne (1837-1893) entered William and Mary College in 1853 and was there three years. In 1857, he entered the University of Virginia and studied law; he was there one year. In 1861, he was made Lieutenant in the Black Horse Cavalry of Fauquier County, Virginia, which he commanded in 1863 and served with throughout the Civil War. He was captured in 1863, exchanged, and promoted to Captain. His horse was shot out from under him in 1864. On April 9, 1865 he saved his regimental colors from capture. After the war he practiced law. In 1880 he nominated General Hancock for President. Some wear near the ferrule else very fine.

    Included are two images of Thomas Smith as follows: Carte de Visite showing Smith in Confederate uniform and ca. 1900 outdoor shot of Smith as an aging veteran.

    Provenance: Payne Estate: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 21
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