Herman E. Smith 3rd New York Cavalry Killed in Action

Killed in action at Darbytown Road


Item No. CV38576 Category


Carte view identified as Herman E. Smith of the 3rd New York Cavalry. Herman would muster with Company E as a sergeant towards the end of August, 1861. Christmas Day, 1861 would see him receiving a promotion to quarter master sergeant. Herman would receive the 1st sergeants rank which he is shown wearing here on January 1, 1863. A final promotion to 2nd lieutenant with Company D would come in July, 1864. The regiment would be raised during the late summer of 1861 at Meridian Hill in Washington D.C. Initially tasked with the defense of Washington until April, 1862 when they would join the Army of the Potomac on campaign. The regiments first taste of battle would come at Petersburg. They would see action in 4 more major campaigns and numerous smaller skirmishes before wars end. Ream’s Station, Deep Bottom, Yellow Tavern and the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road to name a few. Herman would fall victim to a rebel’s bullet on October 7, 1864 while engaged at Darbytown Road. A sermon in his memory would be given in his home town of Margaretville, New York on November 20th. This view shows the cavalryman dressed in his service jacket with 1st sergeants rank and cavalry trousers while holding his cap in his hand. A period ink inscription on the reverse reads “Cousin Herman Smith NY Cavalry”. Back marked by Taylor’s Gallery.


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