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Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

William Moir Smith

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By Christian Belena
1. William Moir Smith Marker
Inscription.  Company A. 71st Reg
Who fell mortally wounded
at the first battle
of Bull Run
July 21, 1861.
Died at Richmond, VA
Aug 1, 1861
Aged 22 years
Erected 1865.
Location. 40° 39.488′ N, 73° 59.678′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. The Green-Wood Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, Brooklyn NY 11232, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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, measured in a direct line); Historic Chapel (about 600 feet away); Governor DeWitt Clinton (about 700 feet away); Anderson Family Tomb (about 800 feet away); Van Ness-Parsons Family Tomb (approx. 0.2 miles away); McDonald (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map 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
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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.
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryNotable EventsPatriots & PatriotismPolitical SubdivisionsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2008, by Christian Belena of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 2,359 times since then and 23 times this year. 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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