Lorenzo D. Small was born in August of 1834 in Maine.
Lorenzo left Maine and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan where by 1860 he was a mill hand working for George Ruddiman in Muskegon, Muskegon County.
He was 26 years old and probably still living in Muskegon when he enlisted in Company H on May 6, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.) He was possibly detached as a wagoner, and probably absent sick in the hospital from August of 1862 through September. He was on detached service in October, driving an ambulance from November of 1862 through February of 1863. Lorenzo was wounded July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and subsequently absent sick in the hospital from July through May of 1864. He was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.
It is not known if Lorenzo ever returned to Michigan after his discharge from the army.
He married Michigan native Elizabeth D. Jackson (1841-1901), on June 19, 1870, in Duluth, Minnesota, and they had at least one child: Annie (b. 1874).
By 1870 Lorenzo was running a boarding house and living with his wife in Duluth’s 2nd Ward, St. Louis County, Minnesota, and still in Duluth in 1874; that same year he bought 160 acres of land in Duluth. By 1880 he was working as a teamster and living with his wife and daughter in Duluth. Lorenzo bought another 160 acres of land in Duluth in 1885. By 1890 he was living in Hampton, Emmons County, North Dakota. In 1900 Lorenzo was working as a farmer and living with his wife in North Salem, Marion County, Oregon.
In 1876 he applied for and received a pension (no. 149445).