|Birth||Feb. 19, 1842|
|Death||June 2, 1929|
|Unit||118th Illinois Infantry, Company F|
Corporal David T Smiley
Company F, 118th Illinois Infantry
Smiley was born in Centerville (Macon County), Missouri on February 19, 1842. He was residing in Payson (Adams County), Illinois when he enlisted on August 4, 1862. The 20 year old blacksmith signed on for 3 years. He was mustered in the regiment on November 7, 1862 at Camp Butler, Illinois. Smiley served about 35 months before being mustered out on October 1, 1865 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The 118th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler, Illinois between August and October, 1862. It was mustered on November 7, 1862. The unit saw action at the Battle of Champion’s Hill (LA) on May 17, 1862. Shortly after this battle, the regiment was assigned to the Siege of Vicksburg (MS) from May 18 to July, 1863.
Smiley died on June 2, 1929 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Prairie Wind Cemetery in Shubert (Richardson County), Nebraska. Smiley was the last member of the Union Post (#6) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Shubert. In addition, he was a member of the Corbett Post (#53) of the GAR in Nemaha City and the Jewell Post (#279) in Barada, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.