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Lieutenant John Baptist Smith, born Caswell County, NC 19 Sept 1843, enlisted as a private with the Milton Blues on 15 April 1861, when he was 17. In April 1862, he transferred to the Signal Corps. By 1864, he was commissioned lieutenant & given command of the Corps. In 1865 Lieutenant Smith's men were the last to leave Petersburg, crossing the last bridge as it burned. They served as a rear guard for General Lee's army, and were present at Appomattox Court House.
This was also a part of the 1960's. American Infantry taking time to enjoy those groovy C-Rats. Soldier Chow taken in a defensive trench during the Vietnam War. While the rest of us played, surfed, went to church or not, ate t.v. dinners, and watched the Apollo Astronauts prepare to land on the moon... while they were there ... we were someplace else. Sorta like today ...