|Birth||Dec. 11, 1839|
|Death||Jan. 20, 1935|
|Unit||10th Iowa Infantry, Company A|
Fife Major Theodore B. Smith
Company A, 10th Iowa Infantry
Smith was born in Johnson County, Indiana on December 11, 1839. He was living in Polk City (Polk County), Iowa when he enlisted as a 20 year old private on August 21, 1861. Smith was mustered on September 6, 1861 as a member of Company A. He re-enlisted on February 1, 1864 and served nearly 4 years. Smith was promoted to Fife Major on August 1, 1864. He was mustered out on August 15, 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas.
The 10th Iowa Infantry was organized at Iowa City and Montezuma in August and September, 1861. During Smith’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Battle of Missionary Ridge (TN) (November 25, 1863).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea) (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
The Battle of Champion’s Hill was the most costly engagement during the War. The regiment lost 35 soldiers, 129 were wounded, and 3 were captured. The Battle at Missionary Ridge was a major battle for the unit. Eleven (11) soldiers were killed, 35 were wounded, and 2 were captured.
Smith died on January 20, 1935 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Burton Cemetery in Burton (Keya Paha County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Springview Post (#212) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Springview. He was the last Civil War veteran in Keya Paha County. In addition, he was a member of the Anderson Post (#32) of the GAR in York.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.