"Messrs. P. L. Smithson and J. L. Gee, of Williamson County, Tenn.,have a very pleasant recollection of Gen. John C. Breckinridge at Shiloh.It was on Tuesday after the fighting of Sunday and Monday. They had beensent early on detail for some guns, and while in execution of the orderthey were met by General Breckinridge, who asked what command theybelonged to, and on being told, he said, "Soldiers, you seem to have hada bad night"--they were wet from the excessive rains--"and I expect havenot had any breakfast." They promptly responded that they had not."Neither have I," said the General, "but I have two biscuits. I will giveone to you two and divide the other with my Aide." They will everremember the courtesy and kindness of the eminent Kentuckian."
... 1894, Vol., II, pg. 119:
"J. L. Gee, of the 20th, Franklin, Tenn., ...kept a roster of hiscompany through the war, noting who were in the battles and thecasualties. It was he and his friend, P. G. Smithson, now in charge ofthe Tennessee Confederate Home, with whom Gen. Breckinridge divided histwo biscuits at
Shiloh, as reported in February Veteran."
... 1894, Vol. II, pg. 263:
"REUNION OF THE TWENTIETH TENNESSEE...The eighteenth annual reunion of
the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment was held at Gallatin on September 13,upon
the invitation of comrades of old Company F and in connection with the
reunion of the A. C. S. The regiment was formed on the square and marchedto
the tune of "Dixie," out to the grounds, where a great multitude was
awaiting the arrival of the procession . The march was a little warm,...
"At the tap of the drum Capt. Smithson, in the absence of our President,
was called to the chair, whereupon he called the regiment to order with J.
H. White as Secretary.
... 1898, Vol. VI, pg. 180:
"At the twentieth reunion, held at Smyrna, in 1896... The followingwere reported as having died since the last reunion: Henderson H. Hyde,Capt. P. G. Smithson, Company D; Ed Watson , William Barnes, John A.Bland, Company C; Samuel Jamison, Company E; Dick Carey, Company I.
... 1908, Vol. XVI, pg. xxi:
(poem) GALLANT DEAD OF THE MURFREESBORO BATTLE by P. G. Smithson.
..."Comrade Smithson died at the Confederate Soldiers' Home, having gone
there as commandant."
... 1931, Vol. XXXIX, pg. 426:
"Joseph Kennedy Marshall...became a soldier in the War between the
States, joining Company D, 20th Tennessee Infantry, with P. G . Smithson,
Captain of Company...
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC6Q-5L1 : accessed 18 July 2015), Patrick Smithson in household of Szhanns Smithson, Williamson county, Williamson, Tennessee, United States; citing family 561, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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