SMITH, WILSON - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Corporal, Battery H, 3d New York Light Artillery.
Place and date:   At Washington, N.C., 6 September 1862. Entered service at: Madison, N.Y.

Birth:   Madison, N.Y.

Date of issue:   24 April 1896.

Citation:   Took command of a gun (the lieutenant in charge having disappeared) and fired the same so rapidly and effectively that the enemy was repulsed, although for a time a hand_to_hand conflict was had over the gun.

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)