Walter Smithson

Walter Smithson

Birth
England
Death 20 Oct 1921 (aged 77)
Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 138120574 · View Source
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Walter Smithson was the son of William Frederick Smthson and his wife, Ann. The family immigrated to America about 1850 settling in Enfield, Connecticut. Walter served in the Civil War and eventually applied for a pension. He married Harriet Lee abt. 1867.

Sources:
Connecticut Civil War Manuscripts Project, S-T: JMS #65522: 4 items
Smithson, Walter (b. 1843) Pvt. Eighth Connecticut Infantry, Company B. (1864-1909)
Documents: discharges, 4 Jan. 1864 and 12 Dec. 1865, record that Smithson was born in England, was 5' 7" with light complexion and hair and blue eyes. His occupation was listed as a farmer. Collection also includes his Master Mason's certificate, Doric Lodge No. 94, Enfield, and GAR "Memorial Record Blank for Post Historian" which records Smithson's record of service. Apparently Smithson received a gunshot wound in the left side at Cold Harbor, Virginia on 3 June 1864 and was sent to the hospital in New Haven for treatment. His most intimate comrades were listed as Sergeant Henry Moody, Pvt. John Harris (d. 2 Mar. 1864) and Sergeant Joseph Glover (killed 2 July 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia). Smithson enlisted on 18 Sept. 1861 and was mustered in on 27 Sept. 1861.
Surviving his wound at Cold Harbor, he was mustered out on 12 Dec. 1865. Smithson was present during engagements at: New Bern, North Carolina, 14 Mar. 1862; Siege of Fort Macon, North Carolina, Apr. 1862; Antietam, 17 Sept. 1862; Fredericksburg, Virginia, 13 Dec. 1862; and Fort Darling, Virginia in May of 1864.

US Vet. Pension INDEX:
Smithson, Walter Service: Co. B, 8th Conn. Inf.
filed: 1875, Nov. 20, invalid certif. #210,285 certif. #160,600


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  • Created by: Addie Rickey
  • Added: 31 Oct 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138120574
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Smithson (Dec 1843–20 Oct 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138120574, citing Thompsonville Cemetery, Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Addie Rickey (contributor 46878507) .