(1843 - 1928)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 22nd Georgia Infantry
He was an 18 year old farmer on his father's place at Cross Keys, near Atlanta, before he enlisted as Private, Company E, 22nd Georgia Infantry on 22 February 1862 at Portsmouth, VA.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot in his head and lost his left eye in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and was captured there.
The rest of the War
He was paroled at Sharpsburg on 1 October, sent to Fort McHenry, then on to Aiken's Landing, VA on 14 October for exchange. He was briefly in a hospital in Richmond, VA and was furloughed home on 24 October 1862. He was last paid at Atlanta, GA on 12 June 1863 but was listed as absent at home without leave from September 1863 to the end of the war.
After the War
He was a farmer in Cherokee County, GA.
References & notes
His service from Henderson's Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Record (CSR) at the US National Archives, online via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and his 1890-95 pension applications, online from the Georgia Archives. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his modern stone has his birth year as 1844. The pointer to Smith and further details thanks to Barry Truluck from his research in a casualty list in the Richmond Enquirer of 17 October 1862, the US Census for 1870-1910, his pension application, and the CSR.
He married Margaret Catherine Victoria Dowda (1847-1919) in June 1864 and they had 11 children.
05/09/1843; Cross Keys, GA
02/04/1928; Canton, GA; burial in Riverview Cemetery, Canton, GA