Charles M. Smith
  • Joined his regiment in Iloilo Nov 13 1899 from Detached Service in the U.S.
  • Assigned to and joined Company B 18th US Inf the same day Nov 13 1899
  • Mortally wounded in action 8 days later in the Battle of Pavia Nov 21 1899
  • Died at the Brigade Hospital in Iloilo the next day nov 22 1899

    MANILA. ( Received November 26, 1899-10.45 a. m.)

    ADJUTANT-GENERAL, Washington:

    The following deaths since last report: Variola—October 28, John Evans, K, Nineteenth Infantry; November 17, John Miller, Fourth Infantry. Malaria-16th, Jacob Abel, K, Twenty-second Infantry; 22d, Charles Britenstine, hospital steward, Thirty-second Infantry. Nephritis-18th, Bert G. Flanders, K, Fourth Infantry; Samuel L. Davis, G, Twenty-eighth Infantry. Tuberculosis-19th, Lawrence Dinneen, sergeant, B, Thirteenth Infantry. Stabbed by comrade-16th, Pres Walker, C, Nineteenth Infantry. Typhoid fever-17th, Joseph Hallecka, D, Eighteenth Infantry. Phthisis, 21st, Benjamin R. Fairchild, L, Twenty-sixth Infantry. Chronic dysentery-25th, Charles Stader, A, Thirty-sixth Infantry; William G. Kennedy, C, Twentieth Infantry. Acute dysentery-21st, Frederick Bale, A, Thirty-sixth Infantry; 24th, Clarence W. Beall, K, Fourth Infantry; 17th, Charles W. Lamb, K, Thirty-fourth Infantry; 19th, Thomas Bell, A, Twenty-fourth Infantry. Heart disease-21st, Fred Stroutman, corporal, M, Thirty-second Infantry. Charles M. Smith, second lieutenant, Eighteenth Infantry, 10.20 o'clock a. m., November 22, at Iloilo, Panay, gunshot in action. 22d, result gunshot in action, Ernest W. Rhodes, C, Seventeenth Infantry; David A. McAdoo, B, Eighteenth Infantry, William J. Wallace, F. Maximiliano Luna, second lieutenant, Thirty-fourth Infantry, 3 o'clock p. m., November 15, drowned Agno River, near San Nicolas. Insect bite right forearm, 22d, Corpl. Jacob Brown, I, Fourteenth Infantry.


    Otis, Nov 26 1899, 1045am, Casualties


    Succumbed to a Wound Received in Panay.

    Was a Member of the District Volunteers and served in the Cuban Campaign.

    Second Lieutenant Charles M. Smith, 18th Infantry, a District boy, died at Iloilo, Panay, on the morning of the 22d instant, from a gunshot wound received in action near that place. Lieutenant Smith was a son of the late John Ambler Smith, and a nephew of Charles Maurice Smith of this city. The deceased officer was born in this city, and was appointed from the District second lieutenant of the 18th Infantry July 1 last. He served at Columbus barracks, Ohio, from August 16 to September 8, 1899, at the Presidio of San Francisco to October 5, 1899, on which date he accompanied his regiment to the Philippine Islands. He accompanied a small detachment of his regiment to Iloilo, and served there up to the time of his death. His service, while brief, was marked with gallantry, as is attested by the fact that he lost his life at the head of his men In an assault on the enemy's line.

    Served in the Cuban Campaign.

    Lieut. Smith. during the war with Spain, served in the 1st District of Columbia Infantry, U. S. V., as an enlisted man in Company C, commanded by Capt. C. S. Domer. He participated in the Santiago campaign, and after the return of the District regiment to this city was critically ill for several weeks, as was his brother, who served in the same company.

    Soon after attaining his majority the young man whose death is reported today received an appointment as second lieutenant in the regular army. In the examination he was required to undergo at Fort Monroe he made a better showing, so it is stated, than was ever before recorded in the case of a civil appointee, his general average being 98.9 per cent, with 100 per cent in mathematics. Lieut. Smith left Washington the latter part of August for the Philippines.

    For about seven years prior to his war service Lieut. Smith was in the employ of the Southern Railway Company in this city, going to work immediately after the death of his father, which occurred in 1892. His mother died about one year ago, she passing away just as her two sons were convalescing from the illness contracted in Cuba.

    Relatives in the City.

    Lieut. Smith's brother, to whom he was devotedly attached, is now with the Southern Railway Company. He has a sister, Mrs. C. M. Towson, who resides on Riggs street between 13th and 14th streets.

    Mr. Charles Maurice Smith, uncle of Lieut. Smith, was deeply shocked when notified by a Star reporter this afternoon of the death of the young officer. He was Just about to begin the writing of a letter to his far-away nephew when told that the latter was dead. Mr. Smith feared that the sad news would have a serious effect on his other nephew. who has been suffering with heart trouble, resulting front the attack of fever.

    The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) November 27, 1899 page 2


    Lt. Charles Smith is underlined in red.