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 William Turner Polston Smith

William Turner Polston Smith

Birth
Campbell County, Tennessee, USA
Death 7 Aug 1864 (aged 25)
Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Plot F, 5301
Memorial ID 3954592 · View Source
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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.


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  • Maintained by: Joyce Baptiste
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3954592
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Turner Polston Smith (10 Sep 1838–7 Aug 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3954592, citing Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Joyce Baptiste (contributor 47395146) .