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Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Colonel 1
Birth:
01 Nov 1827 2
Maine 1
Death:
17 Jul 1902 2
Washington D.C. 2
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Full Name:
Charles Henry Smith 2
Full Name:
Charles H Smith 1
Birth:
01 Nov 1827 2
Maine 1
Death:
17 Jul 1902 2
Washington D.C. 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Colonel 1
Enlistment Location:
Maine 1
Date:
24 Jun 1864 1
Location:
At St Mary's Church, Va 1
Military Unit:
1st Maine Cavalry 1

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Remained in the fight to the close, although severely wounded.

Charles Henry Smith was born in Hollis, Maine, on November 1 1827. Commissioned Capt. of the 1st ME Cavalry on 19 Oct 1861, he fought at Cedar Mountain, Raccoon Ford, Rappahannock Station, and the Second Bull Run. He was on Provost Marshal Duty until Jan '63 and was promoted Major 1st ME Cavalry 16 Feb '63 and Lt. Col. 1 Mar '63. Participated in Stoneman's Raid as well as hard work at Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, and Gettysburg. To which the 1st ME Cavalry Regiment earned their reputation as stubborn hard fighting troopers. On 18 Jun '63 Smith was promoted to Colonel having assumed command of the 1st ME Cavalry upon the death of Col. Calvin Douty. He then fought at Bristoe Station and in the Mine Run operations, and joined Sheridan's Cavalry in the battles of Todd's Tavern, South Anna, Haw's Shop, Trevilian Station, and St. Mary's Church. At Reams's Station and Wheldon R.R. he commanded a Cavalry Brigade and led the 3rd Brigd. under Gregg in Oct. '64 at Rowanty Creek, Gravelly Run and Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie C.H. and the Appomattox campaign. He remained in active service and joined the 19th US Inf. (as Colonel) as it was consolidating with the 28th US Inf., remaining in command. Gen. Smith recieved a Bvt. B.G. USV 1 Aug '64 (St. Mary's Church), Bvt. B.G. USA

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