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Smith, William P.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Rockingham, VT
Unit(s): 34th NY INF, 5th NY CAV
Service: enl 5/1/61, Schroon, m/i, Pvt, Co. H, 34th NY INF, 6/15/61, m/o 6/30/63, Albany, NY; enl 12/3/63, Albany, m/i, Pvt, Co. C, 5th NY CAV, 12/3/63, pow, Ashland, 6/1/64

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VITALS

Birth: 06/19/1832, Crown Point, NY
Death: 03/02/1926

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 53701922

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/26/1874
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Oak Hill Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT

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Obituary

WESTMINSTER
Wm. P. Smith Dies at 94

William P. Smith, 94, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Fuller in Easton, Pa., where he made his home for the past seven years, going there from Westminster to live soon after the death of his wife, which occurred Jan. 18, 1919.

Mr. Smith, who was a Civil war veteran, served from 1861 to 1865 with Company C, 5th New York Cavalry. In the Easton Free Press the following interesting account is given of his war service:

"He had been a prisoner at Ashland Station, Virginia, and was taken to Andersonville prison, where he was knocked on the head with a revolver by the keeper, who ordered an attendant to run a bayonet through his body. Instead of running the bayonet his body he ran it through his left leg above the knee. He also had three of the fingers of his left hand cut off in an effort to put 100 men into a box car.

"Mr. Smith was the last to enter and the door was pushed shut before he had fully gotten into the car, and his fingers were cut completely off.

"Among the many battles in which Mr. Smith took part was the battle of Gettysburg."

Source: Vermont Phoenix, March 26, 1926
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.