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Lieutenant Thomas H. Smith 16th Illinois Volunteer Infantry



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Carte view of 1st Lieutenant Thomas Smith. Working as a farmer in 1861, Thomas would enlist as a corporal with Company H in late May, 1861. Before the year was out he would see a promotion to sergeant. The 16th Illinois would see action beginning with the Siege of Nashville. It would be followed by Resaca, Atlanta, Kennesaw Mountain, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Bentonville and a handful of others. Thomas would be present for all of it with one short stint on special service from July through September, 1864. By April, 1863 he had reached the rank of 1st lieutenant ending the war with that rank. Thomas would finally be mustered out of service in January, 1865 after 4 long years of service. This views shows Thomas after his promotion to 2nd lieutenant and was probably taken sometime in September, 1862 when the regiment would arrive in Nashville on the 15th of that month. The numeral “16” can be seen visible on his embroidered infantry hat badge. The back of the view is signed “Yours truly T. Smith”. Back marked out of Nashville. This one does come with full service records.

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