Rank and organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Born: 1826,
Albany, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S: Richmond during action against
rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August
1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as
enemy fire raked her decks, Smith fought his gun with skill and courage
throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the
rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)