Edmund Kirby Smith

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Edmund Kirby Smith

Edmund Kirby Smith (May 16, 1824 – March 28, 1893) was a United States Army officer and educator. He was a general for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Near the end of the war, he commanded all the Confederate soldiers west of the Mississippi River. He surrendered his army (gave up the fight) on May 26, 1865 at New Orleans. This was weeks after Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox. Kirby Smith was from Saint Augustine, Florida.