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Brigader General Thomas B. Smith at Nashville

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  • brainbent
    Was there ever an investigation of the actions of Union Col. William McMillian on the second day of Nashville, December 16, 1864? If there was, what was the
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2005
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      Was there ever an investigation of the actions of Union Col. William
      McMillian on the second day of Nashville, December 16, 1864?

      If there was, what was the outcome?

      I have read from several sources that McMillian struck Brig. Gen.
      Smith, C.S.A. in the head multiple times with his sword after Smith
      had surrendered and was being marched to the rear. Smith was not
      resisting or attempting escape.

      The blows caused significant brian damage and Smith, who was only 26
      at the time, lived the remainder of his life (47 years) at the
      Tennessee State Hospital for the Insane. He died in 1923.
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