Near Grand Rivers in Lyon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Andrew Jackson Smith / Medal of Honor
Andrew Jackson Smith, Medal of Honor Recipient
This Medal of Honor recipient was born a slave in Lyon County, Ky., on September 3, 1843. Andrew Jackson Smith escaped to Union Army at 19 and fell in with 41st Illinois. Wounded at Battle of Shiloh. Recuperated at Clinton, Illinois, where he heard that blacks could join the Union Army. He mustered in Co. B, 55th Mass. Colored Infantry, May 16, 1863.
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.
Erected 2003 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways; presented by Between The Rivers, Inc. (Marker Number 2107.)
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society Medal of Honor Recipients series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 16, 1864.
Location. 36° 58.528′ N, 88° 12.074′ W. Marker is near Grand Rivers, Kentucky, in Lyon County. Memorial is at the intersection of The Trace and County Road 301, on the right when traveling north on The Trace. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Rivers KY 42045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Rivers Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 2.8 miles away); Suwanee Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 5.4 miles away); (Kelly Furnace) (approx. 5˝ miles away); Mammoth Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 6.1 miles away); Kelly Kettle (approx. 7.1 miles away); New Union Forge / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 7˝ miles away); St. Stephen Catholic Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Mineral Mound Home Site (approx. 8.2 miles away).
More about this marker. Replaced by marker 169128.
Regarding Andrew Jackson Smith / Medal of Honor.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,409 times since then and 258 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 3, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 27, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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