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William Turner Polston Smith
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1838
Campbell County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 7, 1864
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

In Camp, GA
August 8th 1864
Dear Mother & Brother
and friends and connection:

I today with much grief to my self have to inform you that it has been the will of almighty God to take from us our Brother and Son William Turner Smith caused by wounds received the sixth day of this month from the enemy. He was shot through the Bowels and lived from about 5 O'clock Saturday til Near Sunset on the evening of Sunday.

I went to the Hospital Sunday morning after I wrote you a letter and seen Him and washed his wounds as I Couldent stay with him any longer. His last words to me was as follows; Clay Be a good Boy dont swear and tell my mother and friends all to try and live a relidgieous life here after and I think I will take his advice and I do cincerly hope you all will do the same. I am well as to health and all my friends so far as I know. So I will say nothing more at present. Recollect your Son and Brothers dying words.

I remain your affectionate Brother and Son Until Death.
Henry C. Smith

Wright to me soon.

(He was shot in about 20 steps of the Rebel fortification as his Regiment charged the fortification.)

From "Dusty Bits of the Forgotten Past" a collection of Scott County History preserved by Henry Clay Smith.

After giving his life, William was laid to rest under a grave marker with his name mispelled. 
Family links: 
  Kissiah Smith (1817 - 1887)
  Andrew Jackson G. Smith (1836 - 1905)*
  William Turner Polston Smith (1838 - 1864)
  Henry Clay Smith (1843 - 1928)*
  John Lampkin Smith (1846 - 1932)*
  George Washinton Smith (1848 - 1910)*
  Mary Ann Smith (1859 - 1861)*
*Calculated relationship
Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: F, 5301
Maintained by: Joyce Rechtsteiner
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3954592
William Turner Polston Smith
Added by: Nancie Lovett Perdue Whitfield Dubard
William Turner Polston Smith
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Added by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
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- Donna
 Added: Oct. 11, 2012
W. T. Palston
(Alias William T. Palston)
Rank: Private
State Served: Tennessee
Unit: 8th Infantry Regiment
Company: G
Date of Death: 06 AUG 1864
Section: F
Grave Number: 5301

- Bev
 Added: Dec. 18, 2004

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