This company was enlisted in Pittsburgh, Pa., by Alexander Scott, John A. Hunter, Douglass G. Smythe and others, but it has not been possible after an earnest effort, to learn any of the details of the organization of the company.
The following is the muster out roll, showing list of members and their record. The company was mustered into the U. S. service June 24, 1861, and was mustered out June 30, 1864. All the members not otherwise marked, were mustered out with the company. The recruits and veterans were transferred to the Sixth W. Va. Cavalry, when the company was mustered out.
CAPTAIN THOMAS B. SMITH.
Thomas B. Smith is a native of Pennsylvania, being born in Pittsburgh. He assisted in raising the "Belmont Guards"" in May, 1861, and accompanied them to Wheeling, where the company was mustered into the U. S. service. He was mustered in as first sergeant of the company, and was promoted to second lieutenant, thence to first lieutenant, and on the 26th of November 1862, was commissioned captain of his company. Captain Smith was a good officer, and was badly wounded at the second battle of Bull Run, while rallying his men under the severe fire of the enemy, which rendered him unfit for duty for a long time. His career after the war is not known.
D. G. Smythe is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. He received a common school education, but by diligent study and research, he acquired a good knowledge of history and languages, that was of great value to him in after life. He adopted the theatrical profession and played engagements in all of the principal cities in this country, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Stock company at the breaking out of the war, and announced the fall of Sumpter to the audience when that event occurred. He at once began to procure enlistments for the army, and in connection with Capt. Alex. Scott and Lieutenant John A. Hunter, recruited the Belmont Guards, Mr. Smythe being commissioned second lieutenant. He served with his company in the battles of Allegheny Mt., Huntersville, and Cross Keys, and in a number of skirmishes. He was correspondent for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, writing under the nom de plume of "Horatio," giving an accurate description of men and surroundings, which was very readable to the men, and highly appreciated by the proprietors of the paper. He resigned his commission at Mount Jackson, Va., on account of ill health, brought on by exposure during the Huntersville raid. He then visited the southern country for the benefit of his health, and while at Natchez, Miss., was appointed United States Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue, filling this position for three years. He is now a clerk in the transfer depot of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Pittsburgh, Pa.
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