Eddyville in Lyon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Andrew Jackson Smith
Medal of Honor Recipient
“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 a third of the enlisted men engaged in the fight were killed or wounded, Corporal Smith continued to expose himself to enemy fire by carrying the colors throughout the battle. Through his actions, the Regimental Colors of the 55th Infantry Regiment were not lost to the enemy. Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith's extraordinary valor in the face of deadly enemy fire is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, the 55th Regiment, and the United States Army.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 37° 5.414′ Touch for map. Located at the Lyon County Judicial Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 West Dale Avenue, Eddyville KY 42038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lyon County, 1854 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mineral Mound (approx. 1.2 miles away); New Union Forge / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 2.7 miles away); Matthew Lyon (approx. 3.2 miles away); Crittenden Lyon (approx. 3.2 miles away); Kelly Kettle (approx. 3.3 miles away); Suwanee Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 5.3 miles away); Fredonia (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eddyville.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Andrew Jackson Smith. (Submitted on September 30, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, Kentucky’s only African-American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. (Submitted on September 30, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.