An Ode to Major John B. Smith
|[From "Grandma's Scrapbook" - Eliza May Campbell, Daws, Harrison 1881-1965.] Contributed by Mary Lou Jacobson|
From the family Bible of Mrs. Julia Wilson, where it has been preserved for many years comes this tribute to Major John B. Smith, Hamilton County veteran of the Mexican War, credited with the capture of Santa Anna's wooden leg.
An Ode To Major John B. Smith
To the hero, Major John B, Smith,
Bold pioneer, of great and good,
How, on the smitten Shiloh field,
Not only was his valor shown
At Cerro Gordo's mountain pass
It was amusing then to see
But ere he fastened him secure --
He settled in his younger days
The Baptists came from far and near
And now when grand old Major Smith
And say unto each weary soul:
Nor has he only led our souls,
His gray locks shine today like
With him the young may find advice,
Still sacred to his trust he found ?
Oh, may each one who reads these lines
From: Legacy of Kin; Harold G. Felty:
1907 - 53 SMITH, Major John B.; Leader, 16 May 1907; aged 88 yrs.; d. 13 May 1907, in home in Thackeray. Farmer & minister for 50 yrs. Married Margaret Crisel, 10 Oct 1852. Ch. all d. 1 son killed in the Civil War, Battle of Pittsburg Landing. Married Margaret D. Myers, 10 Dec. 1876; 1 son, George Smith, now 29. Major in Civil War. 1 of 5 remaining veterans of Mexican War in Hamilton Co.: Sgt. James Hughes; Corp. now Col., H. W. Hall; Pvt. John Shasteen; Pvt. Philip Trammel. Dahlgren Echo, 16 May 1907; Thackeray News: he captured Santa Anna's wooden leg on battlefield of Cerro Gordo, Mexico. Interr. New Hope.
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