Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Ireland.
Accredited to: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served as second quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed
the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the
11-inch pivot gun of the second division, Smith carried out his duties
courageously and deserved special notice for the deliberate and cool manner
in which he acted throughout the bitter engagement. It is stated by rebel
officers that this gun was more destructive and did more damage than any
other gun of Kearsarge.
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)