William Sooy Smith
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Map of Meridian Battlefield study area by the American Battlefield Protection Program
Smith in later life.
Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of Union forces in the Meridian campaign
Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk, commander of Confederate forces during the Meridian campaign

It had four divisions commanded respectively by William Sooy Smith (1st Division), Grenville Dodge (2nd Division), Nathan Kimball (3rd Division) and Jacob G. Lauman (4th Division).

- XVI Corps (Union Army)

Two supporting columns were under the command of Brigadier General William Sooy Smith and Colonel James Henry Coates.

- Meridian campaign

After serving in western Virginia, he was appointed brigadier general (volunteers) on April 16, 1862 to rank from April 15, 1862 Smith participated in the Vicksburg campaign, commanding the XVI Corps' first division.

- William Sooy Smith

On January 27, 1864, as part of the Meridian Campaign, Smith was given the command of General Hurlbut's force of 7,000 cavalry, to be consolidated from their positions throughout western Kentucky and Tennessee, along with the 2,500 that was already under his command.

- William Sooy Smith

Maj. Gen. Hurlbut assumed direct command over these divisions known as the Right Wing and participated in the Meridian Expedition in February 1864.

- XVI Corps (Union Army)

The 16th Army Corps was under the command of Major General Stephen A. Hurlbut.

- Meridian campaign
William Sooy Smith

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