George W. Smith, CO. D, 2ND MICHIGAN CAVALRY, KIA FRANKLIN, TN 1863 ARCHIVE
This lot consists of two Colt pistols, small recruiting broadside, ambrotype of Smith in uniform, letter written to his widow by a member of his company just after his death stating “…that he died in a glorious cause, that he was a brave and gallant soldier….”. Also included in lot are various pension papers for his widow Lydia.
1. Ninth plate Ruby ambrotype of 26 year old G W Smith wearing his cavalry shell jacket with shoulder scales, holding his Hardee hat with crossed saber insignia and “2” over “D”.
2. Recruiting broadside, 10.5” x 7.5” “Col. Kellogg’s Cavalry Regiment”
3. Colt model 1860 army revolver, S# 68025 (44cal), standard configuration of military issue, one line New York address. We are not sure how an army issued revolver was retained by his widow, but that is the story. The revolver is personalized by cutting bottom of grips for a lanyard.
4. Colt London model 1849 pocket model, S# 10629 (31cal), 6” barrel. This revolver was made in 1856 In standard configuration with two line London address.
5. Letter written June 12th 1863 from Triune TN to George’s widow a week after he was killed by Chester E. Shrader, Co. D, 2nd Michigan Cavalry, George’s unit.
6. 4 pension documents for Lydia A. Smith, George’s widow.
George is buried at Stones River National Cemetery, Murfreesboro, TN, grave # 3139.