2nd Sgt. George W. Smith

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Smith, George William - Pvt. May 8, 1862. Wounded at 2d Manassas, Va. 8/28/1862. Appointed 2d Sgt. May 1863. Discharged, disability, November 25, 1863.


Oglethorpe Echo Newspaper, Oct 2, 1896.

At 11:20 o’clock Wednesday night death came to relieve Hon. George W. Smith from the severe sufferings which he has endured for the past year or more and yesterday evening at four o’clock the remains of one of Lexington and Oglethorpe county’s best and most highly esteemed citizens were laid to rest in the Clark Cemetery after a touching funeral service at the Baptist Church conducted by Dr. A. E. Keese. George W. Smith was born in Chambers County, Ala. July 8th, 1837. His parents moved with him as an infant to Heard County and from there to this county in 1844. When the defense of our country called its’ loyal citizens to arms he was among the first to respond, serving through the entire war as Orderly Sergeant of Co. E 38th Georgia Regiment and there was never a truer or braver soldier. At the second battle of Manassas he was severely wounded, from which he suffered during the balance of his life. January 18th, 1864 he was married to Miss Nora McCommons of this county. To them were born two daughters and one son. Soon after the war he was elected to the office of Tax Collector of the county. He has been a member of the Board of County Commissioners’ for a number of years and for several years filled the office of Clerk of the board. In 1858 he joined the Salem Baptist Churhc being baptized by the venerable Rev. Asa Chandler. For many years he was a great sufferer with hemorrhoids and all that medical skill could do was done to give him relief, but the malady proved beyond human skill to master.

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