Captain Of The Forecastle, United States Navy
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.
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.
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.
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