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HASTINGS, SMITH

hastings smith h

While in command of a squadron in rear guard of a cavalry division, then retiring before the advance of a corps of infantry, was attacked by the enemy and, orders having been given to abandon the guns of a section of field artillery with the rear guard that were in imminent danger of capture, he disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns.

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Service

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Division

U.S. Army Captain (highest rank: Colonel) Troop M, 5th Michigan Cavalry

Conflict

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Civil War 1863 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan

Citation

While in command of a squadron in rear guard of a cavalry division, then retiring before the advance of a corps of infantry, was attacked by the enemy and, orders having been given to abandon the guns of a section of field artillery with the rear guard that were in imminent danger of capture, he disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns.