William Smith
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-65)
Date of Birth: 1797
Date of Death: 1887
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Politician, Lawyer, soldier
Spouse: Elizabeth Bell
Children: Eleven
Military Branch: Confederate

Army (1861-1863)

Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Virginia,
Governor of Virginia
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: CS Army (Second American Revolution)
Political Office(s): Governor of Virginia

William "Extra Billy" Smith (September 6, 1797 – May 18, 1887) was a lawyer, congressman, the 30th Governor of Virginia as well as the second head of that state's secessionist government, and a Major General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. On his appointment in January 1863, at the age of 65, Smith was the oldest Confederate general to hold field command in the war. As governor, he supported the idea of recruiting black troops into the CS Army.

William Smith in The Guns of the South[]

Governor William Smith of Virginia attended the inauguration of President Robert E. Lee in Richmond on March 4, 1868. This event was tragically disrupted by the Richmond Massacre, and it was not immediately known whether Governor Smith had emerged unharmed from this carnage.[1]


  1. The Guns of the South, chapter 16.