Cdv of 2nd Colorado Cavalry Major James Nelson Smith. Major Smith was killed in action on 10/21/1864 at Little Blue River, Missouri.
Smith served in the field and staff of the 2nd Colorado Infantry, which consolidated with the 2nd Colorado Cavalry October of 1863.
Image taken by G. Wertz, Kansas City and has wear as shown.
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The regiment was stationed at several posts throughout Colorado Territory, including forts, Garland, Lyon, etc., and later saw action in Indian Territory and Missouri, and for a time headquarters were at Kansas City. With the threat of attack into Kansas by Gen. Sterling Price’s Confederate Army, the regiment was ordered to report to Fort Leavenworth, Ks.
After many hard engagements the 2nd Colo. Cavalry pursued a demoralized Confederate army south until they had retreated into Arkansas and Texas. After these engagements, the 2nd Colorado Cav. would garrison several forts along and in the area of the Smoke Hill Trail in Kansas (This would become the Smoke Hill Road established by Daniel Butterfield; the fastest way to the Denver Gold Fields), and in the latter part of the war, had several skirmishes with Indians.