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Federal (USV)


Arthur H. Smith

(c. 1841 - 1914)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old mechanic in Brimfield, MA, he enlisted as a Private in Company C, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 13 August 1861. He was wounded at New Bern, NC on 14 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability from wounds in New York on 2 December 1862. He enlisted again, in Company G of the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery on 21 October 1863. He was captured at Plymouth, NC on 20 April 1864 and was a prisoner until he was exchanged on 15 December 1864. He was again discharged for disability on 11 August 1865, then a Sergeant.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1891 he was a Policeman in Springfield, MA, and also served the school district as a truant officer.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records via fold3. Personal details from the US Census for 1870, the Municipal Register of the City of Springfield (1891), and family genealogists, at least one of whom has his middle name as Hemy. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Delia A Browning (1840-1892) in January 1866 and they had 3 children, but they parted by October 1884 when she married a man named Goodhue.


c. 1841; Brimfield, MA


06/02/1914; burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Warren, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 611; Vol. 5, pg. 723  [AotW citation 26470]