Discharge from the Famous 1st Maine Cavalry – Signed by Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Charles H. Smith
This discharge dated December 28th, 1863 in Bealeton, Va. It is made out to George F. Jewett, a resident of Bath, Maine. The reason: Reenlistment as a veteran volunteer. Jewett served all 4 years of the war in the 1st Maine Cavalry. Significantly, HE WAS CAPTURED ON JUNE 9TH, 1863 IN THE LARGEST CAVALRY BATTLE EVER FOUGHT ON U.S. SOIL… BRANDY STATION. Another significant point is that the 1st Maine Cavalry was one of the most famous cavalry regiments in the war!

Col. Charles H. Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action at Saint Mary’s Church, Va. June 24th, 1864. Here is an amazing description of his heroism:

Colonel Smith, at the head of his regiment, was wounded in the thigh, but, keeping his seat, led his brave men into the thickest of the fight, where his horse was shot from under him. Mounting another, he again was in the lead. Again, his horse was shot from under him, throwing him heavily to the ground. Again, his horse was shot from under him, throwing him heavily to the ground. A third horse was secured, and in the retreat, after two hours of the fiercest cavalry fighting, the colonel, although again wounded, remained with his men, fighting the pursuing rebels until darkness put an end to his unequal contest.

Condition: Overall, aging with staining along the right edge. Filled out in nice dark ink with no fading… giving this piece a fine look for display. A rare autograph from the most famous cavalry regiment.

#D345 - Price $295