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Smart, Elisha


Age: 37, credited to Stamford, VT
Unit(s): 10th MA INF
Service: com CPT, 6/21/61, Co. B, 10th MA INF, kia Fair Oaks, 5/31/62

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Birth: abt 1824, Stamford, VT
Death: 05/31/1862

Burial: Probably buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Olive, 3/11/1863
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: None


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The Murder of Captain Smart.

The inhuman murder of Captain Elisha Smart of the Johnson Guard, North Adams, (Company B, in the 10th Regiment) on the battle field at Fair Oaks, brings home to us more forcibly the barbarism of the chivalic rebels. It seems that Capt. Smart was gallantly leading his company in the advance when the order was given to break into companies for a retreat. The rear now became the post of danger, and Capt. Smart assumed it, although more properly belonging to a Lieutenant, in order that he might see that his wounded were properly cared for. His gallantry and humanity cost him his life. A ball struck and shattered the bone of his leg. Unable to march and unobserved by his men whose backs were toward him, he was found by the rebel advance and, surrendering, naked to be carried to the rear where he could be taken care of. “I’ll take care of you, you damned yankee son of a bitch” exclaimed the ruffian, and taking up the short, officer’s carbine, which Capt. Smart had dropped, he put the muzzle to his throat and fired. The ball passed through the body and came out near the middle of the back. A brief shudder quivered through his limbs and one of the bravest officers in the army had ceased to exist.

The whole scene was witnessed by a sergeant who lay near desperately wounded and concealed by the woods. The ground was afterwards recovered and the body of Capt. Smart found and buried with the proper religious and military rites. Rarely even in civil wars have acts of cold blooded inhumanity like this become so common as to excite no unusual horror except when when brought home to a local circle as this is. It is but another evidence of the barbarism caused by slavery, that is this unhappy war they have become so common as to excite no overwhelming feeling except in the neighbors and friends of the victim. We are not sure but that the lack of just indignation which requires us to treat the fiends who are lost to every sense of humanity, with tender forbearance, carries the lesson of christian forgiveness beyond both the letter and spirit of Holy Writ. We suspect that when the 10th regiment next meet the enemy they will feel their exemplar in the heroes of the Old Testament.

Source: Berkshire County Eagle, June 12, 1862
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.