Tuesday, February 11, 2014

James Monroe Smith

James Monroe Smith
known as Jim Smith

Old and new head stone for James Monroe Smith posted on Ancestry.com

  • John M and James Monroe Smith CSA Record

  • Smith, John, Pvt. Cos. B, D, 9th La. Inf. On List dated July 2, 1861, attached to a bill for transportation of Officers and Men of the Stafford Grds., from Alexandria to New Orleans, La., En. July 7, 1861, Camp Moore, La. Present on all Rolls to Dec., 1861. Roll March 1 to June 30, 1862, Present or absent not stated. Rolls July, 1862, to Oct., 1863, Present. Roll April 30 to Aug. 31, 1864, dated Nov. 2, 1864, Absent, captured May 12, 1864. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War, Captured Spottsylvania, C. H., May 12, 1864. Forwd. to Pt. Lookout, Md., from Belle Plains, Va., May 18, 1864. Transfd. to Elmira, N. Y., Aug. 17. 1864, Paroled Elmira, N. Y., March 10, 1865, sent to James River for exchange. Exchanged Boulwares Wharf, James River, Va., March 15, 1865. Born Ireland, occupation gardener, Res. Alexandria, La., age when enlisted 23, single.
    The evidence for this being the corrrect John Smith is that his tombstone shows company D 

    9th La Inf, also this unit shows James Smith as being in Co. D which shows on his tombstone.  

       This shows being born in Ireland and a gardener may be bad info, but that would not be unusual 
    This was found at the following web Site:
    http://tcc2 30.tripod.com/CoB9thLa.htm

    • 3 Mar 1862
    • Smith, James, Pvt. Co. D, 9th La. Inf. Roll dated near Gordonsville, Ga., April 25, 1862, En. March 3, 1862, Bellevue, La., for the War. Record copied from Memorial Hall, New Orleans, La., by the War Dept., Washington, D. C., June, 1903, born _, Ga., occupation farmer, Res. Rocky Mt., age when enlisted 28, single. Died Unknown. Buried in Union Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Ms. James and John M both served in this company, Company D (Bossier Volunteers, Hodges’s, Hancock’s)
      This record was found at: http://www.acadiansingray.com/9th%20Regt.%20Inf.htm Also, see the following web site for futher information. http://tcc230.tripod.com/CoD9thLa.htm

      James M. Smith, we believe, was mustered into the Confederate Army in Franklin County, MS 22 May 1861. Company E, 7 Mississippi Infantry. We found pay records $ 168.00 from 1 March 1863 to 31 October 1863. He was paid again 15 December 1863. These records were found in the Mississippi Archives and History in Jackson, MS by Mr. Gordon Wells. We are not sure this is the right James M. Smith.

      We submit this information, because it's the only James M. Smith that entered the Confederate Army from Franklin County, MS that we could find.

      Jim died in Jefferson County, Mississippi. There is a Confederate Tombstone on his grave in the Union Church Cemetery in Union Church, MS. It only states "Private USA Jim Smith". I personally viewed that grave. He was the father of John Hiram Smith. 

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