Charles H. Smith, leather manufacturer, was born in Jefferson County, Ky., February 20, 1844. Our subject, the second of three children, is largely self educated, and, in 1861, he joined Gen. Morgan Confederate Scouts, and was taken prisoner on a raid in Ohio, and imprisoned at Camp Douglas, Chicago, eighteen months. He then became a scout in Gen. Forrest’s cavalry, receiving many wounds, and now carrying a bullet imbedded in his hand. He traveled after the war considerably, and, in 1869 came to Union County and purchased a tannery. He now has $20,000 invested, and with a capacity of $15,000 worth of leather annually, giving employment to many hands constantly. In 1872 he married Mary F. Floyd, who is a Methodist. Our subject is a Mason, a Democrat, and a prominent man of his region.
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.