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

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

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 12:03AM GMT
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.
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