Soldier Details

First Name:
Alexander B.
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Wounded at Port Hudson

Alexander Biddle Smith, who was born in Ohio on Oct. 3, 1840.

His family moved to Wisconsin where his father was an itinerant preacher for the United Brethren Church. Alexander, a brother and a half-brother, all served in the Civil War. According to his military records, Alexander fought with the Fourth Calvary, Company I, which was formed in Sparta, WI.

He entered the army on May 2, 1861 as a corporal at age 21.

On June 14, 1862, he was wounded at the battle of Port Hudson, LA, when he was struck by a minie ball that lodged in his right chest area. He carried the bullet in his body until his death 47 years later.

He re-enlisted in the army in Jan. 1864 in Baton Rouge, LA. He was discharged in 1865.

He died May 31, 1909 and is buried in Brush Hollow Cemetery, Vernon County, WI.

Source: Linda McAlpine and James Smith

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