March 6, 2012

George W. Smith

George W. Smith, Indian Campaigns Medal of Honor recipient, was born in 1848 at Greenfield, New York and enlisted with Company M, 6 US Cavalry, sometime in the early 1870s. On September 12, 1874, the third day of a siege in which a force of more than 100 Indians surrounded and attacked the Lyman Supply Train at the Upper Washita River in Texas, General Nelson Miles sent a detachment of three soldiers and two civilian scouts under Sergeant Zachariah Woodall to deliver a dispatch to Camp Supply. En route the six men were attacked along the Washita River by 125 Indians. Private Smith was one of four men immediately wounded. Throughout the day the four soldiers and two civilian scouts, after taking shelter in a ravine, continued a valiant resistance while defending their wounded. A band of twenty-five Indians succeeded in scattering the detachment's horses and the men fell back to a small knoll where throughout the day they were attacked from all directions. Without water, the men resisted and were down to 200 rounds of ammunition when night fell. Private Smith died of his wounds the following day, at which time the survivors were recovered by a relief force. His body was never recovered from the battlefield, so a marker in his memory was placed in San Antonio National Cemetery.

While carrying dispatches was attacked by 125 hostile Indians, whom he and his comrades fought throughout the day. Pvt. Smith was mortally wounded during the engagement and died early the next day.

GPS Coordinates
29° 25.277, -098° 28.022

Section MA
San Antonio National Cemetery
San Antonio

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