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    Gold Watch Chain Belonging To Confederate General "Extra Billy" Smith, 15" overall length, pale gold, complete with hanger and key. Master craftsmanship befitting the personal jewelry of a gentleman is evident on every feature of this heavy chain. Filigree scrollwork decorates both sides of the hanger while each link of the chain is affixed with a tiny twist of metal resembling rope. In excellent condition.

    William Smith (1797 - 1887) was a prominent Virginia politician from Fauquier County who became the Confederacy's oldest field general. He earned his unusual nickname during the Jackson Administration by manipulating postal routes so that they would generate extra revenue. During the Mexican War Smith was Virginia's governor and returned to that office in 1864 after resigning from Confederate service.

    Provenance: William Smith; Frederick Waugh Smith, South Africa; F. W. Smith, granddaughter; The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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