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Smith, Charles H.
MILITARY SERVICE
Age: 19, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. B, 11th VT INF, 8/13/62 (9/3/62), dsrtd from arrest 6/8/63, dismissed the service, 7/18/63

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VITALS
Birth: abt 1843, Unknown
Death: After 01/02/1892

Burial: May be buried in ..., , VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
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Remarks: Article

Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career

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Court Martial Record

General Orders, No. 234.

War Dep't, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, July 25, 1863.

The proceedings of the Court in the case of 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, 11th Vermont Volunteers, have been forwarded for the action of the President of the United States, who approves the same, and directs that the sentence be carried into execution. Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, 11th Vermont Volunteers, accordingly ceases to be an officer in the service of the United States from the 18th day of July, 1863.

By Order of the Secretay of War:

E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General.

Before a General Court Martial, which convened at Washington, DC., May 8, 1863, pursuant to Special ORders No. 54, dated Headquarters, Department of Washington, April 10, 1861; Special Orders No. 57, of April 14, 1863; and Specials Orders No. 64, of April 21, 1863, and of which Colonel J. M. Warner, 1st Vermont Artilery, is Presidnet, was arraigned and tried ---

2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, of the First Regiment Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers.

Charge 1st. - "Neglect of duty."

Specification - "In this; that 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, 1st Regiment Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, being on duty as Officer of the Day, at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, so negligently and carelessly performed his duty as to suffer the escape of Private Charles A. Moulton, company C, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, a prisoner under his charge. This on or about the 31st day of March, A. D. 1863."

Charge 2d - "Absence without leave."

Specificction - " In this; that the said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith did visit the city of Washington without authority, and remain absent from the camp of his regiment about one day. This from Fort Massachusetts, D. C, on or about the 8th day of March, A. D. 1863.

Charge 3d - "Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman."

Specification 1st - "In this; that said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith did play at cards for money or other valuables, with Corporal W. W. Morton, and Private Mennck, company B, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, enlisted men under his command, and one E. B. Doane, an officer's servant. This at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, on or about the lOth day of January, A. D. 1863."

Specification 2d - " In this; that said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith did, by representing a cheap washed watch to be valuable and worth twenty dollars, induce Private George A. Kilmer, company B, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, to accept said watch in place of one Lieutenant Smith had lost, well knowing it to be of little value, having purchased it of a Jew for eight dollars. This at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, on or about the 1st day of November, 1862."

Specification 3d - "In this; that the said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, being inquired of by his superior officer. Captain Charles Hunsdon, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, about his gambling with enlisted men and private servants, did falsely deny having done so. This at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, on or about the 10th of January, 1863."

Specification 4th - "In this; that the said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, being inquired of by the said Captain Charles Hunsdon about his absence from camp, represented to said Captain Hunsdon that he did not visit the city of Washington, and returned about 10 o'clock in the evenrng, when in fact he did not return until after daybreak the following morning, and did visit the city of Washington. This at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, on or about the 9th day of March, 1863."

Specification 5th - " In this; that the said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, by represensing to his superior officer, Lieutenant Colonel R. C. Benton, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, that he was desirous of visiting a sick friend in one of the hospitals near Fort Massachusetts, did procure leave of absence from his camp, with the intention and for the purpose of visiting the city of Washington. This at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, on or about the 8th day of March, 1863."

To which charges and specifications the accused, 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, pleaded "Guilty."

Finding.

The Court, having maturely considered the evidence adduced, confirms the plea of the accused, and finds him, 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, of the 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, as follows:

Charge I.

Of the Specification, "Guilty."

Of the Charge, "Guilty."

Charge II.

Of the Specification, "Guilty."

Of the Charge, "Guilty."

Charge III

Of the 1st Specification, "Guilty."

Of the 2d Specification, "Guilty."

Of the 3d Specification, "Guiltv."

Of the 4th Specification, "Guilty."

Of the 5th Specification, "Guilty."

Sentence.

And the Court does therefore sentence the said 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, of the 1st Regiment of Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, "To forfeit all pay now due, or to become due, and to be dishonorably dismissed the service of the United States,

VII. - Before a General Court Martial, which convened at Fort Massachusetts, D. C, March 13, 1863, pursuant to Special Orders No. 25, dated-Headquarters, Department of Washington, March 9, 1803, and of which Colonel James M. Warner, 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers, is President, was arraigned and tried -

The proceedings of the Court in the case of 2d Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, 11th Vermont Volunteers, have been forwarded for the action of the President of the United States, who approves the same, and directs that the sentence be carried into execution. Lieutenant Charles H. Smith, 11th Vermont Volunteers, accordingly ceases to be an officer in the service of the United States from the 18th day of July, 1863.

By Order of the Secretay of War:

E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General.

Source: General orders of the war department embracing the years 1861, 1862 & 1863. Adapted Specially for the use of the Army and Navy of the United States. Chronologically arranges in Two Volumes. With a Full Alphabetical Index, (Derby & Miller, New York, 1864), ii:274-275, 278.