|Birth||Jan. 27, 1847|
|Death||July 23, 1932|
|Cemetery||Evergreen Home (Beatrice)|
|Unit||17th Michigan Infantry, Company E|
Corporal Charles Smith
Company E, 17th Michigan Infantry
Smith was born on January 27, 1847. He was residing in White Pigeon (St Joseph County) when the 15 year old enlisted in the regiment on June 18, 1862. Smith was mustered on August 18, 1862 and served about 34 months. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal during his tour of duty. Smith was discharged on June 3, 1865 at Washington DC.
The 17th Michigan Infantry was organized at Detroit between August 8 and August 22, 1862. During his tour of duty, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of South Mountain (MD) (September 14, 1862). Regimental losses were 26 killed and 113 wounded.
Battle of Antietam (MD) (September 16-17, 1862). Regimental losses were 15 killed and 25 wounded on September 17, 1862.
Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 14-July 4, 1863).
Battle of Campbell’s Station (TN) (November 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 9 killed, 22 wounded, 15 were captured, and 7 were reported missing.
Siege of Knoxville (TN) (November 17-December 5, 1863).
Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). Regimental losses were 6 killed and 22 wounded on May 6, 1864.
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 8-12, 1864). Regimental losses were 20 killed, 18 wounded, and 103 were captured on May 12, 1864.
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).
Smith died on July 23, 1932 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice (Gage County), Nebraska. Smith was a member of the Rawlins Post (#35) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Beatrice.
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.