Grand Rivers in Lyon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Andrew Jackson Smith
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor
Posthumously awarded Medal of Honor in 2001 for gallantry for saving regimental colors when color bearer was killed at the Battle of Honey Hill in South Carolina, Nov. 30, 1864, during Civil War. He lived, bought, and sold land in Between The Rivers area after war. Died 1932. Buried at nearby Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Presented by Between The Rivers, Inc.
Erected 2003 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2107.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 36° 58.182′ N, 88° 11.808′ W. Marker is in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, in Lyon County. Marker is on The Trace. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kuttawa KY 42055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is Iron Made in Kentucky / Grand River Furnace (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Regarding Andrew Jackson Smith. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION:
Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, of Clinton, Illinois, a member of the 55th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, distinguished himself on 30 November 1864 by saving his regimental colors, after the color bearer was killed during a bloody charge called the Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina. In the late afternoon, as the 55th Regiment pursued enemy skirmishers and conducted a running fight, they ran into a swampy area backed by a rise where the Confederate Army awaited. The surrounding woods and thick underbrush impeded infantry movement and artillery support. The 55th and 54th regiments formed columns to advance on the enemy position in a flanking movement. As the Confederates repelled other units, the 55th and 54th regiments continued to move into flanking positions. Forced into a narrow gorge crossing a swamp in the face of the enemy position, the 55th's Color-Sergeant was killed by an exploding shell, and Corporal Smith took the Regimental Colors from his hand and carried them through heavy grape and canister fire. Although half of the officers and a third of the enlisted men engaged in the fight were killed or wounded, Corporal Smith continued to expose himself to enemy fire
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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