STITH, DONALD CHESTER (1829 ~ 1920). Donald Chester Stith, Confederate veteran, was born in present day Smyrna, Turkey (then a part of the Ottoman Empire) on July 21, 1829, to American parents.
Upon his return to the United States, he graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1850, and was in the United States Army until the outbreak of the Civil War. During the War, Stith served as a colonel on the staff of Lt. General Stephen D. Lee of northern Virginia in an artillery brigade.
Upon moving to Texas in 1877, he settled in Johnson County where he was a teacher and an Episcopalian. On June 18, 1894, he was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin, Travis County, Texas. The Medical Board released him from the Home on May 15, 1895, but he was readmitted on November 5, 1896. Stith died March 18, 1920, at the age of 91, and was buried that same day in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from the Confederate Home Roster and obituary from the Austin American, March 19, 1920.