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Lieut Henry Irving Smith

Lieut Henry Irving Smith

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Nottingham, Nottingham Unitary Authority, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 15 Nov 1910 (aged 70)
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
Burial Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 7684565 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Lieutenant, in Company B, 7th Iowa Infantry. At Black River, North Carolina, on March 15, 1865, his company attempted to construct a pontoon bridge over a portion of the flooded river that was held by Confederate troops. In the midst of the struggle with the rebel defenders, one of his soldiers was swept away in the current. First Lieutenant Smith, threw off his coat and sword and swam to the soldier's rescue, bringing him to shore to continue their mission. For valor in the face of the enemy, he was promoted Captain and awarded the Medal of Honor.

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  • Originally Created by: Kent Kooi
  • Added: 14 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7684565
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Henry Irving Smith (4 May 1840–15 Nov 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7684565, citing Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .