Algernon Emory Smith

Algernon Emory Smith

Newport, Herkimer County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 33)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section A, site 1486
Memorial ID 2922 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. Prior to the Civil War, he attended Hamilton College in New York. He enlisted in June 1862 in Company K, 7th United States Regular Infantry. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 117th New York Volunteer Infantry on August 20, 1862, and 1st Lieutenant, on September 20, 1862. Commanded Company G, February 1863 to October 1863, when he was made aide-de-camp to Major General Alfred Terry. Fought at Suffolk, in the Siege of Charleston, Morris Island, Fort Wagner (July 1863), Cold Harbor, Petersburg (1864-65), Drury's Farm (1864), and Fort Fisher (January 1865) where he was severely wounded. Brevetted Major, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865. Mustered out on May 15, 1865. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 7th United States Cavalry, on Aug 9, 1867. Married Nettie B. Bowen on October 10, 1867 at her home in Newport, New York. Served in the 1868 Washita Campaign. Promoted to First Lieutenant on December 5, 1868. Fought tn the 1873 Yellowstone campaign and served as Assistant Quartermaster in the 1874 Black Hills expedition. Assigned to Company A, he was made commander of Company E, 7th Cavalry, and assigned to Custer's column during the 1876 Sioux campaign. He was killed with his entire command during the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Originally buried on the battlefield, he was reinterred in 1877 at Fort Leavenworth. His widow, Nettie, died on 4 April 1903. (Bio by Morgan Benson)

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