James Smith
     Captain Of The Forecastle, United States Navy
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Born in 1826, he received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his service in the Civil War.

On his death, on October 31, 1881, he was buried in a pauper's grave in New York City. However, through the efforts of a great-grandson his remains were moved to Section 65 of Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1986.


SMITH, JAMES

Rank and organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Born: 1826, Albany, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.

Citation:

As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S: Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Smith fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.



James Smith Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins

SMITH, JAMES
CPO   US NAVY
CIVIL WAR
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/15/1826
DATE OF DEATH: 10/31/1881
BURIED AT: SECTION 65  SITE 1485
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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James Smith Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan July 2010
Photo By Eileen Horan, July 2010