Martin Luther Smith

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Martin Luther Smith


Martin Luther Smith


He was an American solider for the United States from 1842 to 1861. He resigned from the United States and joined the confederacy until 1865 using his skills as an engineer.


Logan French


Kendall Hallberg


He was born in Danby, New York on September, 9th 1819. After growing up in New York he decided to join the United Stated military. He would go on to graduate from West Point in 1842. He was 16th in his class. Just a few years later in 1846, he met a Georgia woman named Sarah Evalina Nisbet Smith. He would marry her and raise a family. He would stay apart of the United States military until April, 1st 1861. He would resign to fight for the confederacy. He probably decided to fight for the South because of his marriage to southern women. He was a civil engineer and the confederate forces would try to use that to advance their cause.  He was captured in 1863 and would be a prisoner of war for 7 months, but he would be exchanged for and would become the head of the Engineer Corps for the Confederate Army. He would surrender in Athens, Georgia in 1865. He would go on to become chief engineer for a major railroad system in Georgia. It was short lived as he would die on July 29th, 1866.




Work Cited

Emerson, Gary. "Newfield Historical Society." Civil War. N.p., 2003. Web. 12 Apr. 2016. <>.

Griffith, John. "Martin Luther Smith (1819 - 1866) - Find A Grave Memorial." Martin Luther Smith (1819 - 1866) - Find A Grave MemorialN.p., 10th Apr. 2000. Web. 12 Apr. 2016. <>.





Logan French, “Martin Luther Smith,” Death and Human History in Athens, accessed May 15, 2021,


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