Thursday, March 17, 2011

Charles M. Smith.

Charles M. Smith, dealer in real estate, Notary Public, loan and insurance agent. He first came to Great Bend in February, 1878, and opened a real estate office, etc. He was born in Venango County, Pa, in 1837, and was raised in Sandusky County, Ohio, his parents moving there in 1844. He enlisted September 15, 1861, in Company A, Fifty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Was promoted to Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant and Captain of his company, serving in the latter capacity two and a half years, participating in all the battles of his command, amounting to seventeen regular battles, and twenty skirmishes. He was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Resaca and Averysboro. He was mustered out July 20, 1865. He had charge of forty men who first entered Atlanta, Ga. He afterward engaged in the hardware and implement business at Napoleon, Henry Co., Ohio, until he immigrated to Kansas. He was married in 1863, to Miss Sara A. Morris, of Geneva, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. They have five children - Elva E., Madge M. Frank H. Terry C., and an infant daughter. He is a member of the Masonic order and Pap Thomas Post No. 52, G. A. R.

Charles M. Smith.
Birth: August 18, 1837.
Death: November 15, 1909.
Burial: Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas.

Service record.

Charles M. Smith.
55th., Ohio Infantry.
Company C.
Enlisted: September 15, 1861.
3., years
Age 24.
Rank: First Lieutenant.
Remarks: Promoted Second Lieutenant, from Sergeant August 7, 1862, First Lieutenant March 16, 1863, Captain Co. I., May 9, 1864.
Company I.
Rank: Captain.
Remarks. Promoted from First Lieutenant Co. A., May 9, 1863, Mustered out with company June 11, 1865.

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