of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
HASTINGS, SMITH H.
Rank and Organization: Captain, Company M, 5th Michigan Cavalry. Place and
Date: At Newbys Crossroads, Va., 24 July 1863. Birth: Quincy, Mich. Date of
Issue: 2 August 1897.
While in command of a squadron in rear guard of a cavalry division, then retiring
before the advance of a corps of infantry, was attacked by the enemy and, orders having
been given to abandon the guns of a section of field artillery with the rear guard that
were in imminent danger of capture, he disregarded the orders received and aided in
repelling the attack and saving the guns.
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