Civil War Brigade General Orland Smith signed Stock Certificate. 1883
Decorative, antique stock certificate of the Cincinnati, Washington and Baltimore Railroad Company signed by Civil War Brigade General Orland Smith in 1883.
Beautifully engraved certificate, representing 25 shares, denomination $ 100, each. Issued in 1883, printed by the American Bank Note Company. Ornate border and vignette of a train. This item is hand signed by the Company's Secretary and President Orland Smith.
Size: 11,5 x 7,4 inches. Hole cancelled, very fine condition. Orland Smith (1825 –1903) was a railroad executive and a brigade commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War. In 1864, he led a spirited bayonet charge during the Battle of Wauhatchie that took a significant Confederate position on a hill that now bears his name. Among his volunteer soldiers was Pvt. George Nixon III, the great-grandfather of future President Richard Nixon. Smith and his regiment saw action in western Virginia, fighting at the Battle of McDowell and the Battle of Cross Keys. During the late summer, as a part of the Army of Virginia, the 73rd OVI fought at the Second Battle of Bull Run near Manassas, Virginia.
Smith assumed brigade command in the XI Corps on October 25, 1862, but he did not participate in the Battle of Chancellorsville. Smith's Brigade was sent to the Western Theater in the autumn of 1863 along with the rest of the XI Corps.
He resigned his colonelcy on February 17, 1864. After the war, he returned to his career as a railroad officer and became President of the Cincinnati, Washington and Baltimore Railroad and later, First Vice President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, with his office in Baltimore, Maryland. From 1884 to 1899 he was President of the Columbus and Cincinnati Midland Railroad.
Smith died in Chicago, Illinois. He is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.
It looks great when matted and framed and maker an outstanding gift.
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