Signed cdv of Captain George Washington Smith, KIA Apaches 1881 as a member of the 9th US Cavalry.
In very good condition, wear as shown in the scans. See below for a view of the back.
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CAPTAIN George W. Smith was born on the 16th day of October, 1836, in Butler, Pa., at which place he passed his early childhood. In 1856 he went to Kansas, was soon followed by his parents. Judge G. W., and Catherine Smith. They purchased property in Lawrence, Kansas, where his parents resided for several years.
Captain Smith soon became a leader amongst the hosts of "Free State Pioneers." In the first conflict, he was appointed Lieutenant and Captain of the "Free State" forces, and his name became the synonym of heroism and true manhood.
His father became prominent in the history of the State of Kansas. He was elected Governor by the "Free State" men under the "Lecompton Constitution", and afterwards Speaker of the House of Representatives at the Capitol, Topeka.
At one time Captain Smith attended the Medical College at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
At the call for troops at the breaking out of the late rebellion, he most heartily responded to the call, and received the appointment of Captain in the Regular Army, and received orders to report to Colonel Henry B. Carrington, then in command of the 18th U. S. Infantry, stationed at Camp Thomas, near the city of Columbus, Ohio, at which place he met, and married, Jennie T. Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph Ridgway, Jr., one of the most distinguished business men of Ohio. The Captain served throughout the campaign, was breveted several times for his bravery, served in the Army of the Cumberland, and was on stafif duty with General Rosecrans, Thomas, and others of distinction.
At the close of the war. Captain Smith was ordered to St. Paul, Minn., on recruiting duty, accompanied by his wife, at which place he remained for several months. He was also stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for a period of seven months, serving as Post-Adjutant under Colonel Elliott. He left the service for the space of seven years, residing in Law- rence, Kansas, at the end of which time, once more, entered the army, as Second Lieutenant in the 9th U. S. Cavalry, under the command of Colonel Edward Hatch, "a most gallant and brave officer."
While in Texas Captain Smith was stationed at Forts Concho, Clark, and Ringgold Barracks, and at Fort Stanton, and Bayard, in New Mexico, remaining on the frontier about 16 years.
He was killed in an engagement with the Apache Indians, in the Membres mountains, in Gavolon Canyon, about 25 miles from Bayard, August 19, 1881, leading a corps of 25 to 30 men against from 60 to 80 Indians.
Having been ordered on special dut)' by Colonel Swaine, then in command of Fort Bayard, New Mexico. He received two bullet wounds, the second proving fatal.
His faithful men begged him to dismount, but his reply was, "Never while breath is in me", and continued to command, until he fell from his saddle.
The party were under fire from ten in the morning until half past two in the afternoon. His command continued to fight, and by their bravery, without a commander (God bless them), saved the body of their heroic commander. They were colored troops, soldiers of the 9th U. S. Cavalry and a braver set of men never lived.
The remains of this brave man and soldier are laid to rest beside his little son, "Ridgie", and his venerable parents, in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Lawrence, Kansas, near the site of his old home, enclosed in a beautiful casket of the native wood of New Mexico.
A silver plate, on which is inscribed his name, age, and circumstances of his untimely death, and the beautiful motto,
"HE RESTS IN GOD."
Written by Mrs. G. W. Smith.,