(1827 - 1873)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 26th Alabama Infantry
A 34 year old farmer at Millport, Fayette County, he enrolled as 3rd Lieutenant and was elected 2nd Lieutenant of Company K, 26th Alabama Infantry on 5 August 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, date not given.
On the Campaign
He commanded the Company in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and was wounded there.
The rest of the War
He was home on wounded furlough in October 1862. He was captured at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and with Sharpshooters in Georgia in 1864 with no further military record.
After the War
In 1870 he was a farmer in Lowndes County, MS.
References & notes
His service and his picture from Fincham's roster1, sourced from Tod L. Molsworth's O'Neal's 26th Alabama: the Little Regiment that Did (2000). His command on South Mountain from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862, as Capt. F.M. Smith. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birth year as 1822, and the US Census of 1860 and 1870.
He married Nancy A Kilcrease (b. 1826) in July 1845 at age 17 and they had 9 children by 1866.
05/21/1827; Athens, GA
01/24/1873; Columbus, MS
1 Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Alabama, Published 2005, first accessed 23 August 2020, <https://ranger95.com/civil_war/alabama/index.html>, Source page: /infantry/26ala_inf/26th_ala_inf_roster_k.htm [AotW citation 25553]