seated uniformed portrait of this young officer with period ink inscription on reverse Yours Truly/J.C. Smith/1st Lieut. and backmark of J. Cremer & Co. Philadelphia.
Smith enlisted as a private in 1861, promoted to Sergeant and Lt. Lot includes photocopies of his military records and printed soldier's and unit history from civilwardata.com. The 28th saw heavy action throughout the war with engagements at Pritchard's Mill, Point of Rocks, Berlin, Knoxville, Bolivar Heights, Noland's Ferry, Leesburg, Upperville, Front Royal, Cedar Mountain, second Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville campaign, in which it lost a third of its number in the three days' battle, Gettysburg, Murfreesboro, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, Ringgold, Guntersville Triana Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Pumpkin Vine Creek, New Hope Church, Pine Knob, Lost Mountain, Muddy Creek, Nose's Creek, Kolb's Farm, Kennesaw Mountain, and Marietta. Almost daily engaged, the army won its way to Atlanta. The 28th followed Sherman's army through the Atlanta campaign, the "March to the Sea," until mustered out on July 18, 1865, near Alexandria, Va.