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E. Smith
E. Smith

Federal (USV)

Private

Edward Smith

(c. 1844 - 1865)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Bristol, he enlisted in Company I, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 29 July 1861

The remainder of the War:
He was captured in action (probably at Plymouth, NC 20 April 1864) and held at prisons including the one at Andersonville, GA. He had been released and was on his way home when he drowned in the Potomac River after the steamer Massachusetts collided with the propeller barge Black Diamond on the Potomac River on the night of April 23, 1865. His body was not recovered.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Ingersoll1. Details, the quote above, and his picture from a fine post on his death by John Banks on his Civil War Blog. The photo is from the Connecticut State Library. John's source is the Hartford Daily Courant.


Death Date: 04/23/1865    Death Place: on the Potomac River    Burial Place: West Cemetery, Bristol, CT

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