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Smith, Hiram S.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 28, credited to Highgate, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 13th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. A, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, CPL, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 09/05/1834, Highgate, VT
Death: 12/02/1900

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Swanton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 18805582

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/13/1882, VT; widow Margaret R., 12/31/1900, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site

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Tombstone

Tombstone

Riverside Cemetery, Swanton, VT

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Biography

CORPORAL HIRAM S. SMITH was made sixth corporal when Company K was organized. He had seen three months' service in Company A, First Vermont "Volunteers, having volunteered in April, 1861, under the first call for soldiers. His enrollment into Company K, Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, was August 25th, 1862, his age at this time was 28 years, five feet, nine inches high, blue eyes and dark hair and complexion. Birthplace, Highgate and a single man. He was a lean, wiry, active person, and would not weigh over 135 pounds, vigorous and healthy, of sturdy stock, a genuine Yankee horny handed farmer boy. Was full of fun and mischief all the time, but a good soldier and attended to duty. He feared no one, yet was respectful to his superior officers and kind and cordial to his associate comrades. He was on hand for any kind of a scrap day or night, in or out of camp. The restraints of civil life and moral codes in government were thrown aside as soon as he left his native state. He was alert, and on the lookout for something to turn up, that might command his attention. The bend of his mind was to play some kind of a trick (and he was not particular what) on any one al( every opportunity. Not to be mean, but for the fun of it. His brain was fertile soil for the growth of plans to acquire whatever the caprice of thought might give him. That kind of pilfering that was winked at and tolerated when on the picket line among the so called Unionists, which was a misnomer. He was a successful forager, and in his tent could be found edibles, not on the regular list. If he wanted anything, and it was within ten miles of camp, he would ferret it out and appropriate what he wanted, justifying his conduct by saying they were rebels and he was working for the United States Government and had a right to appropriate a little milk and honey, bacon and meal, sweet potatoes, butter, ham and eggs, etc., chickens had to roost high to avoid his outstretched hand. It was rumored on several occasions that the regimental sutler had lost cheese, butter and canned goods, etc., but no one outside of Company K suspected Corporal Smith, and no one cared much if the sutler did lose, tor he charged the boys enormous prices for what he sold.

As an expert and successful forager. Corporal Smith had no equal in the regiment, and Company K was at the head of the list in this, as the boys called it, innocent and permissive diversion. Though I have drawn you a true picture of army life, only now and then one took part in such amusements. But this is not all, for there is another side of this soldier's army life in all those qualities essential In a soldier, especially in times of danger and battle. Corporal Smith excelled. His attention to duty and determination to do everything that was really required on the march and in battle illustrated his real purpose of volunteering. The sound of the long roll found him up and ready, active and zealous, and promptly in his position. It can he said of him (and my comrades of Company K know as well as I) that none exhibited better and more valiant conduct on the long and weary march from Virginia to Gettysburg, and on that bloody field than Corporal Smith.

He was mustered out with the regiment July 21st, 1863, and returned home and resumed the occupation of a farmer. He married soon after his return from the army and continued in the occupation of farming until his death, December 2, 1900. He left a widow and two children, who still survive him. He died respected by all who knew him. His family sincerely mourn his loss. In Riverside cemetery at Swanton village stands a modest headstone that marks his grave. A brief sketch and picture of him will be found on page ... of this book. See roster.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 710