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C.M. Smith

C.M. Smith

Federal (USV)


Charles M. Smith

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

On 1 May 1861, age 20, he enlisted in Gouveneur for two years and mustered as Private, Company D, 16th New York Infantry on 15 May. He was promoted to Corporal on 16 October 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the "Stone House" field hospital on the Samuel Poffenberger farm near Sharpsburg, but died there of wounds on 12 October 1862.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the collection of the NY State Military Museum, online through the Heritage New York portal.




10/12/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 19, pg. 654  [AotW citation 22552]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 390  [AotW citation 22553]