John S. Smith was born in 1840.
John was 20 years old and probably living in Muskegon County, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company H on May 13, 1861 (or perhaps as early as April 28, 1861). (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)
He was wounded on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and admitted to Armory Square hospital in Washington, DC, on September 3, where he died from “vulnus sclopeticum” (gunshot wound) on September 23. John was buried in the Military Asylum cemetery (Soldier's Home National cemetery), section F no. 526.
In 1875 John’s mother applied for and received a pension (no. 172648)