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A. Smith

A. Smith

Federal (USV)

Private

Alonzo Smith

(1842 - 1927)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, from Jonesville, MI, he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Michigan Infantry on 9 August 1861 at Jonesville, for 3 years.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal in January 1863 and again wounded, in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He re-enlisted on 16 December 1863 at Stevensburg, VA and was promoted to Sergeant on 1 April 1864.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing a Confederate battle flag in action at Hatcher's Run, VA on 27 October 1864.

He was appointed First Sergeant 2 November 1864 and commissioned First Lieutenant to date from 12 June 1864. He mustered out at Jeffersonville, IN on 5 July 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Michigan1. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph reproduced in Deeds of Valor.2

Birth

08/09/1842; Hartland, Niagara County, NY

Death

01/17/1927 Buffalo, NY; burial in Saint Stephen's Cemetery, Middleport, NY

Notes

1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 7, pp. 86 - 96  [AotW citation 12116]

2   Beyer, Walter F., and Oscar F. Keydel, compilers, Deeds of Valor: How America's Heroes Won the Medal of Honor , Detroit: The Perrien-Keydel Company, 1901, Vol. 1, pg. 452  [AotW citation 20216]