Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841, New York,
N.Y. Accredited to: New York.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Whitehead in
the attack upon Franklin, Va., 3 October 1862. When his ship became grounded
in a narrow passage as she rounded a bend in the Blackwater River, Smith,
realizing the hazards of lowering a boat voluntarily swam to shore with
a line under the enemy's heavy fire. His fearless action enabled his ship
to maintain steady fire and keep the enemy in check during the battle.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)