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William Smith
Personal Information
Born: 1838
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Died: January, 12, 1902 (aged 63–64)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: Union Navy
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Rank: Quartermaster
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Unit: USS Kearsarge (1861)
Battles: American Civil War
  • Cherbourg, France
Awards: Medal of Honor
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William Smith (1838 – January 12, 1902) was born in Ireland and was a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at Cherbourg, France. He was buried at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[1]

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Rank and Organization:

Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Ireland. Accredited to: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.


Served as second quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the 11-inch pivot gun of the second division, Smith carried out his duties courageously and deserved special notice for the deliberate and cool manner in which he acted throughout the bitter engagement. It is stated by rebel officers that this gun was more destructive and did more damage than any other gun of Kearsarge.[2][3]

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  1. William Smith (Medal of Honor) at Find a Grave Retrieved on November 8, 20078
  2. ""Civil War Medal of Honor citations" (S-Z): Smith, William". Retrieved November 9, 2007. 
  3. ""Medal of Honor website” (M-Z): Smith, William". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved November 9, 2007.