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Indian Campaigns - U.S. Army

George W Smith

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    Company M,
    6th U.S. Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 12, 1874
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Washita River, Texas, USA

While carrying dispatches was attacked by 125 hostile Indians, whom he and his comrades fought throughout the day. Pvt. Smith was mortally wounded during the engagement and died early the next day. Buffalo Wallow Battlegrounds remains not recovered

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 4, 1874
  • Born: 1848, Greenfield, Saratoga County, NY, United States
  • Died: September 13, 1874, Buffalo Wallow, TX, United States
  • Buried: San Antonio National Cemetery (marker only) (MH), San Antonio, TX, United States

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