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Smith, Rodney


Age: 32, credited to Orwell, VT
Unit(s): USA
Service: From date of graduation from UVM in 54, until late in the fall of 61, was a resident of Kentucky, joined the Home Guards of that State as a PVT on their first organizing, several months before the outbreak of the war; was present with his company in the campaign of South-eastern Kentucky, which ended in the battle of Mill Springs; early in 62 was clerk in the Pay Department, being employed with Paymaster paying troops in the Armies of the Potomac, Cumberland and Ohio until 2/23/64, when he was Apptd Paymaster, USA, with rank of MAJ, with headquarters at Hilton Head and Charleston, SC, in the Department of the South; Apptd LTC and Deputy Paymaster-Genl, 1/24/81, and COL and Assistant Paymaster-Gen, 12/8/86; 1892, Chief Paymaster, Division of the Atlantic, with headquarters at New York City. [College: UVM 54]

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Birth: 01/13/1829, Orwell, VT
Death: 11/12/1915

Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Orwell, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 46615600


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Julia C., 12/16/1915, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM 54
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Mountain View Cemetery, Orwell, VT

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Courtesy of Bernie Noble



Col. Rodney Smith, U.S.A., retired, died at Brandon last Thursday night. Col. Smith is survived by his wife, and daughter, and two sisters, Jane and Ann Smith of Orwell. Col. Smith had been retired from the army about 20 years and had spent much of his time in Italy, returning only a few weeks ago.

Col. Smith was born in Orwell Jan. 3, 1829, and was graduated from the University of Vermont in the class of 1854. Col. Smith entered the volunteer military service at the breaking out of the war for the Union as paymaster's clerk,and was gradually promoted until his retirement in 1895 as assistant paymaster-general, with the rank of colonel.

His brother, William Smith, was a member of the same university class and had a career exactly paralleling his brother's except that he gained the place of paymaster-general and was retired with the rank of brigadier-general. Gen. Smith died in 1912.

Source: The Enterprise and Vermonter, November 18, 1915
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.