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H.J. Smith

H.J. Smith

Confederate (CSV)


Henry Julius Smith

(1832 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: South Carolina College, Class of 1852

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Hampton (SC) Legion

Before Sharpsburg

A 28 year old lawyer, he was commissioned Captain, Company D, Hampton Legion Infantry on 15 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded "while bravely leading his men" in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was taken to a house in Shepherdstown, VA and was cared for there, but died of wounds on 21 September 1862.

References & notes

Burial and basic unit information from a list in Confederate Veteran1. The quote above from Colonel Gary's Report. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from one published in Military Images Magazine of January/February 2004. CDV taken by Richard Wearn & Wm P. Hix in Columbia, SC, spring 1861. In possession of Smith's descendants.

More on the Web

See an excellent blog post about Captain Smith's son Wattie Gaillard Smith visiting his grave and the family who cared for him in Shepherdstown in 1918, from Kevin Dietrich on his Cotton Boll Conspiracy.


1832; Anderson County, SC


09/21/1862; Shepherdstown, VA; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, WV


1   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. XIX, pp. 75 - 76  [AotW citation 5141]