Cornelius Smith was born in Rensselaerville, Albany County, NY in about 1841.
Marriage & Children
At about 1867, Cornelius married Catherine _____ who was born at about 1841 and they moved to Rensselaer County where they lived out their lives. They had the following children:
- Richard Smith
- Esther Smith
- Lottie Smith
- Matilda Smith
- Margaret Smith
- Norton Smith
Cornelius worked as a farmer before he enlisted to serve in the Civil War.
|Enlistment Date:||1 Aug 1862|
|Enlistment Place:||Albany, New York|
|State Served:||New York|
|Regiment:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery|
|Promotion Date:||12 May 1864|
|Promotion Rank:||Full Corporal|
|Wounded in Action on:||3 Jun 1864|
|Wounded at:||Cold Harbor, VA|
|Promotion Date:||15 Mar 1865|
|Promotion Rank:||Full Sergeant|
|Muster Out Date:||16 Jun 1865|
|Muster Out Place:||Baltimore, MD|
|Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 21|
|Sources Used: Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998|
Cornelius died in 1917 and was buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Castleton, Rensselaer Co., NY, Catherine died in 1920 and is buried beside him.
Additional Research Notes
The 1890 census indicated that Cornelius received a bayonet wound to his left breast.
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998