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PVT George W. Smith

PVT George W. Smith

Birth
Greenfield, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 13 Sep 1874 (aged 25–26)
Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section MA Grave 87 (in Memory Marker)
Memorial ID 18175 · View Source
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Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Private in Company M, 6th US Cavalry. On September 12, 1874, the third day of a siege in which a force of more than 100 Indians surrounded and attacked the Lyman Supply Train at the at Washita River, Texas, General Nelson Miles sent a detachment of six troopers to deliver a dispatch to Camp Supply for re-enforcements. While en-route the six men were attacked by 125 Indians and Private Smith was one of four men immediately wounded. Throughout the day the troopers continued a valiant resistance with the hostiles attacking from all directions. Private Smith continued to fight despite being mortally wounded until night fell. He died early the next day at which time the survivors were recovered by a relief force. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 27 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18175
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT George W. Smith (1848–13 Sep 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18175, citing San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .