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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

James (Ovid) Smith

  • Also Known As: Smith, Ovid Wellford
  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Corporal)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I,
    2d Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Georgia, USA

One of the 24 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchell, penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory. Smith was captured near Huntsville, Ala., and did not participate in the remainder of the raid.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 6, 1864
  • Born: November 9, 1844, Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg County, VA, United States
  • Died: January 28, 1868, Columbus, OH, United States
  • Buried: Greenlawn Cemetery (MH) (C-84), Columbus, OH, United States

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