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Smith H Hastings

  • Rank: Captain (Highest Rank: Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Troop M,
    5th Michigan Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 24, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Newbys Crossroads, Virginia, USA
While in command of a squadron in rear guard of a cavalry division, then retiring before the advance of a corps of infantry, was attacked by the enemy and, orders having been given to abandon the guns of a section of field artillery with the rear guard that were in imminent danger of capture, he disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns.
Medal of Honor Recipient Smith H. Hastings
Medal of Honor Recipient Smith H. Hastings
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 2, 1897
  • Born: December 27, 1843, Quincy, Branch County, MI, United States
  • Died: October 13, 1905, Denver, CO, United States
  • Buried: Riverside Cemetery (MH) (3-53), Denver, CO, United States

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