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Ovid Wellford Smith

 
 
Ovid Wellford Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
1. Ovid Wellford Smith Marker
Inscription. In Memory of Ovid Wellford Smith who is buried here. At 16, he enlisted as James Smith in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment and volunteered for the famous Andrews Raid to destroy Confederate supply lines. The raiders captured “The General” locomotive at Big Shanty, Georgia, on April 12, 1862. Although Smith did not actually participate, he was equally recognized and received the Medal of Honor, July 6, 1864.
 
Erected 1985 by The Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Doug Byrum, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.543′ N, 83° 1.992′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Greenlawn Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in Section C of Green Lawn Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Greenlawn Avenue, Columbus OH 43223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Our Unknown Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin County Civil War Memorial (approx. mile away); Green Lawn Cemetery
Ovid Wellford Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
2. Ovid Wellford Smith Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Council Site Between William Henry Harrison and Indians (approx. 1.1 miles away); Maurice Gates (approx. 1.2 miles away); Maynard E. Sensenbrenner (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lucas Sullivant Home Site (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Franklinton Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  The Case of Ovid Smith. Smith's infiltration to Marietta Georgia was compromised and thus he was not actually on the "General" during the locomotive chase. However, he was captured by Confederates and held (in the same jail as the other raiders) for a period of time. Smith later escaped and rejoined his unit. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Ovid Wellford Smith Grave Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
3. Ovid Wellford Smith Grave Markers
Ovid Wellford Smith Military Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2008
4. Ovid Wellford Smith Military Grave Marker
Entrance to Green Lawn Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2008
5. Entrance to Green Lawn Cemetery
1000 Greenlawn Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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