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Corp Ovid Wellford "James" Smith
Birth: Nov. 9, 1844
Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg City
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1868
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as a Private in Company I, 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Member of the Andrews Raiders. Enlisted in 1861 at the age of 16 by claiming he was 22. Volunteered for the Raid. Detained enroute to Big Shanty by Confederate Army, joined the Confederate Army to avoid suspicion, and missed the chase part of the Raid. Eventually, he escaped back to his Union Army unit. Mustered out of the Army in 1864 due to ill health. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor as one of the raiders even though, like raiders Hawkins and Porter, he was never on the "General." He was imprisoned in Swims Jail in Chattanooga because his partner Llewellyn escaped their Confederate unit. After Smith escaped, he participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Missionary Ridge. 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Chandler Smith (1796 - 1880)
  Mary Griffith Smith (1804 - 1889)
 
 Siblings:
  Lewis Smith (1820 - 1864)**
  Caroline Emily Smith (1829 - 1881)*
  Elizabeth Maylen Smith Sprigg (1830 - 1918)*
  Howard M Smith (1832 - 1900)*
  Elon Galusha Smith (1834 - 1914)*
  Ovid Wellford Smith (1845 - 1868)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling

Cause of death: pneumonia
 
Burial:
Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Burial 3559, Lot 84, Section C.
 
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Record added: Aug 09, 2000
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Corp Ovid Wellford James Smith
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Corp Ovid Wellford James Smith
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Corp Ovid Wellford James Smith
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Although you died too young, you made your mark on this world. Rest in peace, dear great, great, great, great-uncle Ovid!
- Sheila Hewitt
 Added: Jan. 28, 2014

- Alan Brownsten
 Added: Jan. 28, 2014

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: May. 27, 2013
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