Mustered into service as a Private on October 20, 1862
Died 25 February 1895
Buried Jones Cemetery, Delaware County Indiana
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Private Smelser was wounded on May 5th, 1864 at the Battle of the Wilderness. In the fall of that year he was transferred to Company E of the 20th Indiana Infantry where he served until his muster out for disability on June 2nd, 1865.
He filed for a pension in June of 1874.