Lt. William Smiley, Co. C, 100th Regt. Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, "Roundheads"

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Lang and Kirkwood Family Collections, Used with permission, All Rights Reserved









 Post-War Cap with Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) hat brass (Lang Family Collection, photo by Gary Lang, descendant)


This webpage was created in honor of 2nd Lt. William Smiley, Co. C, who for most of his service with the 100th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, "Roundheads", was a Sergeant and color-bearer.   Smiley was in good health for his entire service, never missing a day from sickness.  He was injured once, a slight wound on the back of the head which left him stunned.  At the time, his Captain thought him killed as he lay motionless on the ground. He was a blacksmith by profession prior to his service and continued that profession after the war but also conducted farming. Smiley was active in post-war Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and Society of the Roundheads activities. He died in 1924 and lived his entire life in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.  Two of his descendants, cousins Gary Lang and Patrick Kirkwood, have graciously provided images from each of their family's collection of heirlooms to post on this webpage for all too enjoy and remember his service.     -- David L. Welch    





Lt. William Smiley's sword and scabbard (Kirkwood Family Collection, photos by Patrick Kirkwood, descendant)




1883 Reunion Photograph, Company C, from Col N.J. Maxwell Scrapbook,
David L. Welch Collection

Note Lt. William Smiley, front and center in photograph




Lt. William Smiley's Flagpole (Kirkwood Family Collection, photos by Patrick Kirkwood, descendant)

Note Co. C flag image below from Pennsylvania State Museum

Lt. William Smiley's Drumsticks (Kirkwood Family Collection, photo by Patrick Kirkwood, descendant) 







Smiley Family Bible:  Front, Birth and Deaths decorative pages

(Lang Family Collection, photos by Gary Lang)


Digital Images of Lt. Smiley's Personal Trunk

Trunk overview image and image of underside of lid with inscribed identification, enhanced with pencil (Kirkwood Family Collection, images by Patrick Kirkwood)








Digital Images of Lt. Smiley's Discharge Papers (copies)  Provided by Patrick Kirkwood, descendant.















Other Images and Information pertaining to Lt. William Smiley and his Company C.

:Lt.  William Smiley's promotion certificate to 2nd Lt on fancy State of Pennsylvania document.  (Lang Family Collection, photo by Gary Lang)








Biographical Profile on Lt. William Smiley from Hazen's 1908 History of Lawrence County, PA


On August 7, 1861, the citizens of Portersville and Muddy Creek Township, Butler County, presented a national color to Company C.  This flag was carried by the company until October 15, 1864, when it was given to Private Frederick Bauder for safekeeping.  It remained with this veteran until his death in 1919 and then was given to Mr. H. E. Haberling of Portersville.  This man donated the flag to the Commonwealth in June 1921.


National Colors and Reunion Photo of Company C

From: "Advance the Colors", Volume 2, Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags, Richard A. Sauers, Capitol Preservation Committee

Websmith's Note: Smiley was a color-bearer for three years as a Sgt. and likely carried this flag during his service.  


Lt. William Smiley's burial location and other information from













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