Corp. Hugh F. L. Smith was born in Floyd Co., Ind., April 16, 1844, and was a son of Jonathan P. and Lucinda C. (Merriwether) Smith, both deceased; he married Dec. 25, 1870, in New Albany, Ind., Jennie E. Duncan, who was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 3, 1854, of parents, Hartwell S. and Elizabeth (Earp) Duncan, deceased. The union has been blessed with six children: Nina E., Pauline P., Felie T., Hattie B., George J., and Wilbur G. Comrade Smith was previously married Oct. 5, 1865, to Rosa Plice; she passed away in New Albany, Ind., leaving two children: John T. dec and Carrie B. Comrade Smith was a painted by trade at the time of his enlistment, when a youth of 17 years, Aug. 3, 1863, at New Albany, Ind., for a term of three years; he became Corp. of Co. K, 91st Ind. V.I., Army of the Cumberland; he was granted an honorable discharge from this enlistment March 23, 1865, at Washington, D.C., having taken part in the battles of Knoxville, Cumberland Gap, Baptist Gap, Shiloh, Tallahatchee, Chickamauga, Laurel Hill, Lookout Mt., Missionary Ridge, Vicksburg, Raymond, Black River Bridge, Jackson and Atlanta Campaign; he re-enlisted in Co. A, 144th Ind. V.I., as a private; he was injured at Stevenson Station, Va., in the ankle; he also participated in the March to the Sea, the Carolinas and the Grand Review at Washington, D.C. He was finally honorably discharged Aug. 5, 1865, at Stevenson Station, Va. His brother, Thomas J. served in Co. A, 53rd Ind. V.I., and fell at the battle of Tallahatchee for the glorious cause he had upheld; his first wife had four brothers in service, John, Solomon, Philip and Robert; Solomon was wounded in service; his wife’s father and two brothers were also in the service, John H. as Capt., was killed near Fredon, Tenn., in March, 1865, and Marcus as scout for Gen. Burnside, was killed at Loudon, Tenn., in fall of 1863. Mr. Smith’s grandfather, Reuben Smith served in the War of 1812 and fought at New Orleans; he was a minister in the M.E. church for eighty years and died at the good old age of 108. Comrade Smith is P.C. of Sage Post, 581, he is a painter and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
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