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Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1150155477000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith, Locke, Lock
I'm searching for any information on Alonzo K. Smith He was born around 1841 and married Fannie G. Locke. They were married about 1860 - 1861 Sanilac Co., MI. Fannie and Alonzo had two children: Ida L. (b. abt. 1862) and Melvin A. (b. abt 1863). Alonzo enlisted in the civil war Aug 7, 1862 and was a POW at Andersonville prison. He was released and on his way back home, when the Steamship Sultana exploded on the Mississippi river. He died the day after the explosion on 28 Apr 1865. I would like to know which cemetery is is buried at.

Alonzo K. Smith
Residence: Worth, Michigan
Service Record:
Promoted to Full Sergeant
Enlisted as a Private on 07 August 1862 in Lexington at the age of 21 Enlisted in Company K, 22nd Infantry Regiment Michigan on 22 August 1862 was POW on 20 September 1863 Killed by Explosion on 28 April 1865 in Steamer "Sultana", MS River
Sources: Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65. (MIRoster) Published in 1903

Smith, Alonzo K
Side: Union
Unit Name: 22 Michigan Infantry
Regiment: 22
State: Michigan
Function: Infantry
Company: K
Rank: Sergeant
Type: Held at Andersonville and survived Capture Date: Unknown Capture Site: Unknown Alternate Name: None
Source: Andersonville Prison Record

Sultana Passenger List
Alonzo K. Smith, Unit 22nd Michigan Infantry, Co. K, Rank: Sergeant, Fate: Died
Source: River Rock Entertainment, LLC,


Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1167168740000
Classification: Query
My line from Alonzo K. Smith:
Alonzo K. Smith married Fanny Zerviah Locke 10 Nov 1860
CH: Ida Louesa born 16 Oct 1862 in Jeddo Sanilac Co MI.
Melvin Alonzo born 27 Dec 1863

Ida Louesa Smith married #1: Harmon Holley in Oct 1878
married #2: Titus Ridley Teeple on 11 Apr 1886
married #3: W.H. White

Juanita May Teeple married Glen Adams Henderson
CH: Walter Glennwood Henderson

Walter Glennwood Henderson mar Dorothy R. Mullineaux
CH: William Todd Henderson

Contact me
Would like to discus our Starr, Locke, and Smith families.

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1290554968000
Classification: Query
I'm wondering if this is your Alonzo K Smith. Once website on the Sultana explosion said many of the dead were buried in Memphis National Cemetery but your Alonzo wasn't there. In doing a search on the National Cemeteries website at I found this Alonzo Smith, but if it is your Alonzo, he would have lived almost a month after the explosion:
DATE OF DEATH: 06/02/1865
(314) 845-8320

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1290580327000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith
I really appreciate your help! I did look around a bit in hopes that this was the correct person. According to Michigan in the War website, there are three Alonzo Smiths from Michigan, the one I am searching for is from Worth Twp., Sanilac County. Below is what I found there.

Smith, Alonzo
1st Cavalry, Company L
Home Town: Armada, Death: Jun 5, 1864

Smith, Alonzo D.
7th Cavalry, Company A,
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Death: Jun 2, 1865

Smith, Alonzo K.
22nd Infantry, Company K,
Home Town: Worth, Death: Apr 27, 1865

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1290582234000
Classification: Query
I came across your message because I was doing a search for the roster of Co. K, 22nd Infantry, MI. Your Alonzo was in the same unit as my great grandfather, who died of disease in the Civil War after being incarcerated from Andersonville Prison. He was sent to an army hospital in Maryland after being paroled out of Andersonville, but died there and was buried there, so I know how hard it is to find out where they are buried if they never made it home. A cousin provided me with a copy of his military records and that told me where he was buried. Perhaps if you were able to get Alonzo's they would say where he is buried. That one Alonzo's death record has a different death date so probably it's not yours. Sultana websites say that not all the bodies were recovered. Most of the ones that were recovered were buried in Memphis National Cemetery. They were pulling bodies out of the water for a week or two after the accident. I thought maybe Alonzo's body floated down the river and was found and buried in that place I sent you. They may not have known when he died and put the find date as a death date--or I thought he may have lived longer than thought. That's only a slim possibility. I noticed at the bottom of the information in your post that the army said he survived the Sultana explosion. Maybe he did for a while, but died later from the burns. Can you imagine having to travel in filthy conditions with 1st degree burns all over your body. Even if he survived the explosion the chances of making it home alive were probably next to nothing. I'll keep my eye out for your Alonzo.

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1290583537000
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for your help! Alonzo is my gg-grandmother's first husband. They were both about 20 years old, she had two small babies when he enlisted. I just couldn't imagine horror and pain that he went through during the war, then in the prison for so long. And then to have this awful tragedy happen when he was finally on his way home. Just so awful!

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1290584395000
Classification: Query
Another thing to try is to see if a Worth Twp newspaper obit was done up on Alonzo. Just a thought.

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1290616222000
Classification: Query

I have some information which may be of help.

An excellent source to locate soldiers who were on the Sultana and their fate is the Appendix of the book Disaster on the Mississippi: The Sultana Explosion, April 27, 1865 by Gene Salecker (1996).

Checking the Mich. troops, I find one Alonzo Smith, 22nd Mich. Inf., Co. K, Sgt., who died.

From reading Salecker's book and an earlier one in 1992 by Jerry Potter called Sultana Tragedy (1992) I know that hundreds of bodies were never recovered from the Miss. River. Scores more washed up on shore down river but had no identification.

Lastly, out of the 800 initial survivors from being pulled out of the river, 300 died in Memphis hospitals so their identity was known. These were first buried in a local cemetery but later transferred to the National Cemetery in Memphis. However, many names were lost during the transfer when the names chalked on the caskets were washed off during a rainstorm during the transport process.

From this information, I would think the third Alonzo in your list is your man. He could have died on the Sultana with no record of his burial since 1) his body was never recovered 2) body recovered with no identity 3) survived the initial disaster but later died in a Memphis hospital but was one of those who names was washed off the casket during the rain storm.

The Sultana Association will hold its 23rd reunion in Mansfield, Ohio, April 23rd and 24th, 2011. Contact me if you would like more information.

Norman Shaw, Founder, Association of Sultana Descendants and Friends

Re: Alonzo K. Smith - Company K, 22nd Infantry, MI

Posted: 1357609444000
Classification: Query
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