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Miles, William H.


Age: 19, credited to Townshend, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/21/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, tr to Co. F, 2/25/65, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/10/64, m/o 7/13/65

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Birth: 03/05/1842, Townshend, VT
Death: 05/04/1921

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Townshend, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 118646840


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Oakwood Cemetery, Townshend, VT

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(Gibson Collection)


Was Grand Army Veteran and Formerly on staff of State, and National Commander

TOWNSHEND, May 5----William Henry Miles, 79, a lifelong citizen of this place, and a Civil War Veteran, died at his home about 8 o'clock last evening after a short illness. He had been in failing health the past year.

The death brings a sense of personal loss to all the village and especially his comrades of the G. A. R., of which he was a loyal and patriotic member. His soldierly bearing and general manner, won him long ago the title of "Colonel", by which he had been affectionately known among friends.

Mr. Miles was born in Townshend in the spring of 1842 and spent his early days here until the beginning of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company I, 4th Vermont Volunteers, at the age of 19. He went into camp at Brattleboro, until the regiment left for Washington. He served in the Army of the Potomac, and was in all but two of the 25 battles of which the regiment was engaged. He re-enlisted in the field in 1863, and after returning to the army at the close of his furlough he was detailed as mounted dispatch carrier on the staff of Maj. General Getty of the 2nd division, 6th Army Corps. Two horses were shot out under him while he was discharging his dangerous duties of his position, one in the battle of the Wilderness, and one at Cold Harbor, while galloping full speed his horse was struck in the breast by a shell, which dropped the animal instantly, throwing Mr. Miles 20 feet.

Mr. Miles was wounded May 10, 1864 while carrying a dispatch to the front lines in the battle of Spotsylvania, canister striking him in the face, carrying away his moustache and painfully disfiguring him for a time. Among the other battles which Miles participated in were; Lee's Mills, Williamsburg, Golding's Farm, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Mayre's Heights, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Funkstown, Rappahannock Station, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad. In November of 1864 he was detailed as mail agent for the division, retaining the position until he was mustered out of the service July 21, 1865.

On January 26, 1866 Mr. Miles married Miss Ellen Augusta Kellogg of Jamaica, the ceremony being performed in Rutland by Rev. Leland Howard, a former pastor of the Jamaica Baptist Church. The first few years of their married life they spent in Jamaica, but later they moved to Townshend, on the farm now occupied by Miss Della Hall. In 1887 Hall took a position as traveling salesman for M. E. Wheeler of Rutland, and Mr. and Mrs. Miles moved to this village where they have since lived.

Mr Miles was a Charter member of Birchard Post G. A. R, was second commander of the post, and held that office for three separate periods. He served the post as adjutant for 12 years. He also was assistant Adjutant General In 1909 on the staff of Col. A. B. Franklin of Townshend, who was Commander of Vermont, and on four occasions served on the staff of the National Commander. He had held important office in Blazing Star Lodge, of which he was a member many years, He also was a member of Blazing Star O. E. S. and was a member of West River Grange. He was a valued member and constant attendant of the Baptist Church. Mr. Miles was a man of public spirit, with a friendly manner and pleasant word for all. He had a keen sense of humor and was fond of outdoor sports and social life.

Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Fred C. Cutler of Townshend, and one grandson, Arthur Cutler of Groton, Mass. One child died in infancy, and a son died at the age of 16 years.

The funeral will be held at the house at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, Rev. C. Walter Bishop, pastor of the Baptist Church will officiate.
Brattleboro Reformer, May 5, 1921

Courtesy of Deanna French

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