Inscription. Company A. 71st Reg
By Christian Belena
|1. William Moir Smith Marker|
Who fell mortally wounded
at the first battle
of Bull Run
July 21, 1861.
Died at Richmond, VA
Aug 1, 1861
Aged 22 years
Location. 40° 39.488′ N, 73° 59.678′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Click for map. The Green-Wood Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, Brooklyn NY 11232, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Green-Wood Cemetery Gates (here, next to this marker); The Green-Wood Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Green-Wood Cemetery (about 400 feet away, in a direct line); Governor DeWitt Clinton (about 700 feet away); McDonald (approx. ¼ mile away); The Battle of Brooklyn (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brooklyn (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Soldiers’ Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The detailing on the uniform is still very crisp and clear after 147 years in the elements.
Regarding William Moir Smith. William Moir Smith (1839-1861). Lieutenant, 71st Regiment National Guard, New York State Militia, Company A. Smith was severely wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and taken prisoner by the Confederates. First his foot, then later his leg were amputated, before he died while still a prisoner of war in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, on August 2, 1861. Mr Jackson, a family friend living in Richmond, took charge of the body, interring it in a metal coffin placed in a tomb. Here the body remained for the length of the war. Finally, family and friends were able to have the body exhumed and shipped back to New York, where he was reinterred at The Green–Wood Cemetery on October 22, 1865 in Section 75, lot 5007.
Prior to the war, William was a member of the 'Alert Hose Co. No. 3'. His funeral took place at Central Presbyterian Church. Services were held, by Rev. Dr. Rockwell and Members of Host Co. No. 3 escorted the body to the church for services. Members of the seventy first Regiment acted as escort to the grave site.
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2008, by Christian Belena of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 1,440 times since then. Last updated on July 10, 2010, by Amy Lyn Edwards of Crawford, Georgia. Photo 1. submitted on April 25, 2008, by Christian Belena of Brooklyn, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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