Washington was born on July 23, 1837 in Marion District, South Carolina a son of Clayton and Isabella Smith.
Washington enlisted in Company A, Tucker's Cavalry on January 27, 1862 at Pawley's Island and was assigned to Company B on April 8, 1863. He was on that roster when it became Company F, 7th SC Cavalry. He was present, sick as of July 17, 1862; present September 1862 - December 1863; present as teamster January - February 1864; present March - October 1864; dismounted April 18 - October 1864; on duty guarding sick horses at recruiting camp Chickahominy August 31, 1864; receipted for clothing with company on December 8, 1864.
His pension application states "I was crippled while trying to mount a very high horse on Pawley's Island, SC. I bursted the veins in my left leg, and I am almost unable to walk at times." He was captured at the end of the war and imprisoned for about 7 days. He was paroled at Farmville between April 11th and 21st 1865. Like the other two paroled at Farmville at the same time, Smith had been dismounted during part of his service in Virginia. He was a wheelwright and blacksmith with the company.
Washington married Mary A. Skipper in Horry County about April 1, 1866. The 1880 SC census shows Washington living in Le Getts, Marion County and his occupation is as a miller. His wife Mary A. is 35 and their children are: Mary 11, William 10, John 8, Laura 6, and another 1 year old son whose first name isn't listed. Eight years later the family moved to Florida. A July 1st 1911 letter states that Washington had been sent to an asylum for the insane. He died on November 1, 1911 and is buried at Florida State Hospital Cemetery.
Links to Washington's Pension Application:
Finding Washington's grave hasn't been possible.
Photo taken by Mari Hughes-Bishop.