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This biography is from HEROES OF ALBANY, by Rufus W. Clark, D. D.

Corporal Albert C. Smith

Albert C. Smith was born in the State of Rhode Island, and was the eldest of a large family of children. His father, William B. Smith, removed to Norway, Herkimer county, N. Y., many years ago, and subsequently Albert resided in Hartford, Connecticut. He married the fourth daughter of the late Donald Fisher, who was formerly an officer in the English army, under the Duke of Kent.

At the time the rebellion broke out, Mr. Smith was residing with his family in the city of Albany. He was a member of the North Pearl Street Baptist Church, and was baptized by the venerable Dr. Welch, to whom he was very much attached.

In early life, Albert was remarkable for his amiable qualities, and aflectionate disposition, and he sought to promote the happiness of all around him. As a Christian, he was conscientious, faithful and consistent.

In the year 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Ninety-first New York Regiment. He went to Florida, and was very sick at Key West with inflammation of the lungs. He was discharged on the surgeon's certificate, and returned home. By great care and faithful nursing his health was restored, and with it came back his ardent desire to serve his country. It was a great struggle for him to leave his dear family again, but commending them to the divine care and protection, he re-enlisted in the army, and went to Bonnet Carre, and was afterwards ordered to Port Hudson. There he was prostrated by a fever, and died. In his last days he was attended by a noble youth, by the name of Edwin Davis, who was himself also an invalid. To Mr. Davis he confided several messages to his wife; but before Mr. D. reached Albany, he was called away from time into eternity.

When Mr. Smith last wrote to his wife, he seemed to be very cheerful, and spoke with great joy of once more seeing his happy home. At the close of the letter he very affectionately commended her to the care of our Heavenly Father, and said that his prayer was that God would permit them to meet again. As both husband and wife were the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, they will meet where they part no more.

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