Summary

A Civil War general (and later Medal of Honor recipient), Miles became Commanding General of the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.

Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1
Birth:
08 Aug 1839 2
Westminster, MA 3
Death:
15 May 1925 4
Washington, DC 5
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Full Name:
Nelson Appleton Miles 4
Birth:
08 Aug 1839 2
Westminster, MA 2
Male 2
Death:
15 May 1925 3
Washington, DC 3
Cause: Heart Attack 3
Burial:
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, VA 4
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Birth:
Mother: Mary Miles 2
Father: Daniel Miles 2
Marriage:
Mary Hoyt Sherman Miles 4
30 Jun 1868 2
Cleveland, OH 4
Spouse Death Date: 01 Aug 1904 4
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1
Commands:
61st New York Infantry 5

Spanish-American War 5

Branch:
Army 5
Rank:
Major General 5
Commands:
Commanding General of the United States Army 5

Other Service 5

Branch:
Army 5
Rank:
Lieutenant General 5
Service Start Date:
1861 5
Service End Date:
1903 5
Conflicts:
Civil War; Indian Wars; Spanish-American War 5
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Occupation:
Army Officer 4
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 4
Employment:
Position: Military Governor of Puerto Rico 5
Start Date: 1898 5
End Date: 1898 5
Employment:
Position: Commanding General of the US Army 5
Start Date: 1895 5
End Date: 1903 5
Army Service:
Appointment: Commanding General of the United States Army 4
Battles (1): Antietam, MD 4
Battles (2): Fredericksburg, VA 4
Battles (3): Chancellorsville, VA 4
Battles (4): Petersburg, VA 4
Conflicts (1): American Civil War 4
Conflicts (2): American Indian Wars 4
Conflicts (3): Spanish American War 4
Decorations: Medal of Honor 6
Enlistment: Sep 1861 4
Rank: Lieutenant General 4
Retirement: 1903 4
Daugther:
Cecelia Sherman Miles Reber 4
Son:
MG Sherman Miles, USA 4

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Medal of Honor

Chancellorsville, VA

Held his command in an advanced position during the fierce fighting at the tip of the Union salient in the Battle of Chancellorsville.  He was wounded twice, once in the arm and a second in the abdomen, during the engagement.  

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and Organization:

Colonel, 61st New York Infantry. Place and date: At Chancellorsville, Va., 2-3 May 1863. Entered service at: Roxbury, Mass. Birth: Westminster, Mass. Date of issue: July 23, 1892.

Citation:

Distinguished gallantry while holding with his command an advanced position against repeated assaults by a strong force of the enemy; was severely wounded.

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