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Confederate (CSV)


Peter Smith

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted in Mobile as Private, Company G, 8th Alabama Infantry on 25 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was cited for bravery in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 on a regimental Roll of Honor.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Corporal, date not given, and was wounded by a gunshot to his head which fractured his skull at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He was left behind and captured there on 4 July. He was admitted to the DeCamp hospital on David's Island, NY, in late July then paroled on 22 October and admitted to a hospital in Richmond, VA on 28 October. He was furloughed home to Mobile on 4 November 1863, was briefly in a Richmond hospital again, in March 1864, and on 13 April 1864 he was transferred to the CS Navy.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Record (CSR) at the US National Archives via fold3 and Colonel Herbert's History,1 which also has him as Peter Schmidt, and says he died of disease after having been furloughed home (perhaps confused with Peter Smith of Company E, who died of a fever in December 1862).


1   Herbert, Hilary Abner, and Maurice S. Fortin, editor, History of the Eighth Alabama Volunteer Regiment, C.S.A, The Alabama Historical Quarterly, 1977-00-00, pp. 81, 278  [AotW citation 26042]