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SMITH, DAVID

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This soldier, when a shell struck an ammunition chest, exploding a number of cartridges and setting fire to the packing tow, procured water and extinguished the fire, thus preventing the explosion of the remaining ammunition.

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U.S. Army Sergeant (highest rank: First Lieutenant) Battery E, 1st New York Light Artillery

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Civil War 1862 Cameron, Steuben County, New York

Citation

This soldier, when a shell struck an ammunition chest, exploding a number of cartridges and setting fire to the packing tow, procured water and extinguished the fire, thus preventing the explosion of the remaining ammunition.