John E Smith

BirthOct. 12, 1837
DeathJan. 15, 1920
CemeteryWest Lawn (Gering)
PostNumber 66 (Hull)
Unit20th Iowa Infantry, Company E

Private John E Smith

Company E, 20th Iowa Infantry

Smith was born in Sheffield, England on October 12, 1837. Smith was residing in Hickory Grove (Scott County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 12, 1862. He was mustered on August 22, 1862 and served nearly 3 years. Private Smith was mustered out of the regiment on July 8, 1865.

The 20th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Clinton, Iowa on August 25, 1862. During Smith’s enlistment, the unit fought in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Battle of Prairie Grove (AK) (December 7, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 14-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Fort Morgan (AL) (August 9-23, 1864).

Assault and capture of Fort Blakely (AL) (April 9, 1865).

Smith died on January 15, 1920 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering (Scotts Bluff County), Nebraska. Smith was a charter member of the Number 66 Post (#330) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hull, Nebraska.

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