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Civil War (Union) 1
Rank:
2nd Lt 1
Birth:
03 Nov 1833 1
Bowling Green, Clay, Indiana, United States 1
Death:
08 Mar 1908 1
Bowling Green, Clay, Indiana, United States 1
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Full Name:
William Hixon Miles 1
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William H. Miles 1
Birth:
03 Nov 1833 1
Bowling Green, Clay, Indiana, United States 1
Death:
08 Mar 1908 1
Bowling Green, Clay, Indiana, United States 1
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Marriage:
Melissa Ellen Moss 1
19 Apr 1857 1
Bowling Green Indiana 1
Spouse Death Date: 29 Dec 1912 1
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Civil War (Union) 1

Rank:
2nd Lt 1
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Bowling Green ,Indiana 1

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History of Clay County, Indiana, Bowling Green and Washington Township by Charles Blanchard, published in 1884 has the following biography for William H. Miles on page 407: "WILLIAM H. MILES, wagon maker and a resident of Bowling Green is the fifth of seven children of Samuel and Hannah (Ghormley) Miles, and was born in Bowling Green, Clay County on November 3, 1833. He was reared here, receiving only a common school education. After attaining his majority, he engaged in the carpenter and joiner trade in Bowling Green continuing in that business until October 4, 1861, when he enlisted in Company A, Forty-third Indiana Infantry, and served three years, participating in the battle of Helena, Ark. Mr. Miles "veteranized" in the same company and regiment, and participated in the battle of the Little Missouri. Shortly after this battle, the regiment came home on a furlough, at the expiration of which it was stationed on duty at Indianapolis, remaining there until it was mustered out of the service at the close of the war. On his return to civil life, Mr. Miles resumed his trade at Bowling Green, continuing his work at it for about three years; then engaged in the saw-mill business for about three years, at the end of which time he engaged in the wagon-maker's trade, which he has followed ever since. On April 19, 1857, he was married to Melissa Moss, a native of Morgan County, Ind. and daughter of Henry and Jane Moss, the former a native of North Carolina, the latter of Virginia. To them have been born seven children, viz. Henry K. (deceased), Minnie J., William L., Edward E., Enos, Annie B. and Mary C. For three years, Mr. Miles was Postmaster at Bowling Green. He and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and liberal givers to and supporters of all charitable enterprises." On 10 May 1883 William H. Miles filed for an Invalid Army Pension for his service during the Civil War. He first enrolled as a private in Co. A 43rd Regt. Ind. Vol. Infantry on 4 October 1861 at Bowling Green, and served for a term of 3 years. Afterwards he enlisted as a veteran in said Company and Regt. as a Corporal and that on 1st day of March 1865 he was promoted and mustered as Second Lieutenant in said Company and was discharged 15 June 1865 at close of war. He cited several illnesses contracted during his tour of duty. He swore that for the first five years after his discharge he followed the trade of Carpenter and that since that time he has carried on the business of manufacturing the wood-work of wagons. He said that he was married to Melissa Ellen Moss in Bowling Green, Indiana on April 19, 1857 and named his living children and their birth dates on May 16, 1898. Following his death in 1908 his widow filed for a pension and drew it until she also died in 1912 (additional information contained in William H. Miles Pension records filed in National Archives, Washington, DC -- Certificate No. 31236). A son-in-law, C.C. Shaffer, 1656 W 8th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana wrote the pension office about this pension in 1925. RESIDENCE-CENSUS:The 7 June 1900 Clay Co., IN census for Washington Twp., P.O. Bowling Green (ED 25 p.5) listed William and Melissa Miles with their two unmarried children Minnie J. and Enos who were then living at home. BIRTH-DEATH:The birth dates for the children were recorded in the pension files. A family group sheet was found in the LDS family research center which gave the full names for Melissa and her children, marriage dates and spouse names, and death dates of the children. MILITARY-PENSION: On 12 June 1893 William H. Miles, age 59, a resident of Bowling Green made a sworn affidavit for his father-in-law Henry Moss who was trying to get an increase in pension for service in the Mexican War. William stated: " I am personally acquainted with Henry Moss the above named applicant. To my personal knowledge he was a Soldier in the Mexican War and in my judgment is seventy-six years of age and is troubled with Rheumatism and is broken down in health. He owns no real estate whatever and his personal property does not exceed one hundred dollars in value. He has no income from any source except his pension and a very few chores which he is able to do."

UNION INDIANA VOLUNTEERS 43rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry

  Overview:Organized at Terre Haute, Ind., and mustered in September 27, 1861. Left State for Calhoun, Ky., October 1, and duty there till February, 1862. Attached to 14th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December, 1861. 14th Brigade, 5th Division, Army of the Ohio, to February, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of Mississippi, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of Mississippi, to July, 1862. Helena, Ark., District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. of Missouri, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. of the Tennessee, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 12th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to February, 1863. 1st Brigade, 13th Division, 13th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 13th Division, 16th Army Corps, July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 13th Division, 16th Army Corps, Arkansas Expedition, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Arkansas Expedition, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 7th Army Corps, to May, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Army Corps, to July, 1864. Camp Morton, Ind., to June, 1865.

 

 

Service:Ordered to Commerce, Mo., February 19, 1862. Siege of New Madrid, Mo., March 5-14. Siege and capture of Island No. 10 March 15-April 8. Riddell's Point March 17. Expedition to Fort Pillow, Tenn., April 13-17. Operations against Fort Pillow April 15-June 5. Capture of Fort Pillow June 5. Occupation of Memphis, Tenn., June 6. Expedition up White River, Ark., June 10-July 14. Adam's Bluff June 30. Grand Prairie July 6-7. Near Duvall's Bluff July 7. Aberdeen July 9. Duty at Helena, Ark., till August, 1863. Near Helena October 18 and 20, 1862. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., November 16-21. Expedition to Yazoo Pass, by Moon Lake, Yazoo Pass and Coldwater and Tallahatchie Rivers February 24-April 8, 1863. Operations against Fort Pemberton and Greenwood March 13-April 5. Battle of Helena July 4. Repulse of Holmes' attack. Steele's Expedition to Little Rock August 11-September 10. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Pursuit of Marmaduke's forces October 26-November 1. Duty at Little Rock till March, 1864. Regiment re-enlisted January 1, 1864. Steele's Expedition to Camden March 23-May 3. Elkins' Ford Crossing, Little Missouri River, April 3-4. Prairie D'Ann April 9-12. Camden April 16-18. Marks' Mills April 25. Jenkin's Ferry, Saline River, April 30. Duty at Pine Bluff and Little Rock till June. Veterans on furlough June-July. Volunteered for duty at Frankford, Ky., during Morgan's operations, and invasion of Central Kentucky. Assigned to guard duty at Camp Morton guarding Confederate prisoners till June, 1865. Mustered out June 14, 1865.

 

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 41 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 Officers and 200 Enlisted men by disease. Total 248.

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