Apr 26 1962, Wrote Mrs. Charles F. Smith, “It becomes my painful duty to announce to you the death of your lamented husband, Major General Charles F. Smith. He died at 4 o’clock p. m. yesterday, at Savannah, Tenn.
“In his death the nation has lost one of its most gallant and most able defenders.
“It was my fortune to have gone through West Point with the general (then captain and commander of cadets) and to have served with him in all his battles in Mexico and in this rebellion, and I can bear honest testimony to his great worth as a soldier and friend. Where an entire nation condoles with you in your bereavement no one can do so with more heartfelt grief than myself.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 83-4
O.R., I, x, part 2, 130