Neri Smith

BirthJune 11, 1844
CemeteryHarvard (Harvard)
PostFairchild (Harvard)
Unit43rd Ohio Infantry, Company H

Corporal Neri Smith

Company H, 43rd Ohio Infantry

Neri Smith was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1844. He enlisted as a 17 year old private on December 7, 1861. Smith was mustered on December 10, 1861. He served over 3 ½ years and was mustered out on July 13, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Smith was promoted to corporal on June 1, 1865.

The 43rd Ohio Infantry was organized at Mount Vernon, Ohio between September 28, 1861 and February 1, 1862. During Smith’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May-September, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations against General Hood (AL/GA) (September 20-November 3, 1864).

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 (SC/NC) (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-20, 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 most costly engagement for the regiment was the Battle of Corinth. On October 4, 1862 the unit lost 17 members and 9 were wounded.

Smith died on November 28, 1926 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the Harvard Cemetery in Harvard (Clay County), Nebraska. Smith was the last member of the Fairchild Post (#345) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Harvard. In addition, Smith was a member of the Anderson Post (#32) of the GAR in York, Nebraska.

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.