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Lucius B. Smith (1824-1864)

Lucius Bolles Smith was born May 27, 1824, in Berlin, Ohio, and was killed July 13, 1864, in Lee County, Mississippi.  He was a member of the 7th Minnesota Infantry, and was 38 years old when he mustered in on May 29, 1863.

From Fifty Years in the Northwest, by W. H. C. Folsom (1888): 344-45; available in the UWRF Archives (F 606 .F65 1888):

LUCIUS B. SMITH.—Dr. Smith was the first regular physician in Taylor’s Falls, having located here in 1854.  He was born in Berlin, Erie county, Ohio, in the year 1824.  He was married in 1849, and after some years’ practice of medicine in his native town he came West and located in Taylor’s Falls, where he resided until 1862, when he was appointed surgeon of the Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, in which regiment were many of his friends and associates.  He performed well his duties in that position, but was killed on the day preceding the battle of Tupelo, the division to which he belonged having been ambuscaded by Forrest’s troops.  His remains were carried to the field of Tupelo and there buried, but have since been removed to Kahbakong cemetery, at Taylor’s Falls.  Dr. Smith was a tall man, of fine presence, with the air of an officer, for which reason, doubtless, some sharpshooter singled him out for destruction.  Dr. Smith left a widow [Frances Lydia Barrett, 1830-1872], one son, Charles, and one daughter, Mary, the wife of J. W. Passmore.  Hi widow was married to E. D. Whiting.  Both are deceased.

For more information:

  • An article about “Dr. Lucius Smith, 1864 Civil War Casualty” appears in Life & Times in Taylors Falls: The Taylors Falls Historical Journal, vol. 14, no. 1 (spring 2014): 1-8, available in the UWRF Archives (E515.5 7th .D7 v.14 no. 1 2014).
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