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William Smith (1826 – Unknown) was born in Providence, Rhode Island and was a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at Cherbourg, France. The William Smith who died January 12, 1902 and is buried at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire was the 1st Class Fireman aboard the USS Kearsarge, not the Medal of Honor Quartermaster.

William Smith
William Smith - Kearsarge.jpg
Providence, Rhode Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
UnitUSS Kearsarge (1861)
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor citationEdit


Served as second quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the 11-inch pivot gun of the second division, Smith carried out his duties courageously and deserved special notice for the deliberate and cool manner in which he acted throughout the bitter engagement. It is stated by rebel officers that this gun was more destructive and did more damage than any other gun of Kearsarge.[1][2]

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  1. ^ ""Civil War Medal of Honor citations" (S-Z): Smith, William". Retrieved November 9, 2007.
  2. ^ "Medal of Honor website (M-Z): Smith, William". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved November 9, 2007.