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Smith, Francis E.
Age: 31, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, PVT, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, pr SGT 11/19/62, kia, Fredericksburg, 12/13/62
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Birth: abt 1830, South Adams, MA
Burial: Probably buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, mother Lucretia, 1/291863
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Died in Virginia
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Killed - Frank Smith of this village, of Co. A, 2nd Vt. reg., was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg. While the reg. was thrown out as skirmishers he was shot dead instantly. He was the only son of Mrs. Lucretia Smith, a long resident of this place and was almost her sole dependence; the blow falls upon her with a sudden crashing weight, and she has the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community in this her truly sore affliction. It will be remembered that when his company was organized here, he was chosen as 2nd Lt., an office he did not covet or ask for.
On being elected, he promptly resigned on the score of his unfitness, declaring he was fit for only a private, and wanting nothing else. We understand he was afterwards offered a commission on account of his true soldierly qualities, but would not accept it because he said there were enough fools of officers already. Bennington Banner.
Source: Hoosac Valley News and Transcript, 9 April 1863; Contributed by Tom Boudreau.