Key facts about Colonel Donald Chester Stith, one of four graduates of the United States Military Academy to join the Confederate Army after first fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War.
- Donald Chester Stith
- July 21, 1829
- Smyrna in the Ottoman Empire, now known as Izmir, Turkey
- United States Military Academy (1850)
- Military officer
- Captain (USA)
- Colonel (CSA)
Place of Death:
- Austin, Texas
Date of Death:
- March 18, 1920
Place of Burial:
- Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas
- Donald Chester Stith was born July 21, 1829, in the ancient city of Smyrna in the Ottoman Empire, now known as Izmir, Turkey.
- Donald C. Stith’s parents were Americans traveling abroad at the time of his birth.
- Donald C. Stith attended the United States Military Academy from September 1, 1846 to July 1, 1850.
- Donald C. Stith ranked last among the forty-four cadets in his class at the United States Military Academy.
- Upon graduating from West Point, Donald C. Stith was brevetted to second lieutenant of infantry and sent to the American West.
- Donald C. Stith was promoted to the full rank of second lieutenant on April 30, 1853.
- Donald C. Stith was promoted to first lieutenant on October 18, 1855.
- After the Civil War erupted, Confederate troops captured Donald C. Stith near Guadalupe, Mexico in late June or early July 1861.
- Confederate Colonel John R. Baylor paroled Donald C. Stith after Confederate troops captured Stith near Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1861.
- Donald C. Stith was promoted to captain with the 5th Infantry on August 8, 1861.
- Donald C. Stith joined the Confederate army in August or September 1861.
- Donald C. Stith was dismissed from the U.S. Army on September 25, 1861.
- Donald C. Stith was a major in the Confederate army by 1862.
- Donald C. Stith served on the staff of Confederate Major General Stephen D. Lee during the Vicksburg Campaign.
- In 1863, Donald C. Stith was promoted to colonel in the Confederate Army, the rank at which he finished the war.
- Donald C. Stith died on March 18, 1920, aged 90, at the Confederate Home at Austin, Texas.
- Donald C. Stith was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
- What caused Stith Donald C. Stith to change allegiances during the Civil War remains unknown.
- Donald C. Stith was one of four West Point graduates to fight for the Union during the war before switching sides.