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Miles, Elbert W.


Age: 20, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. K, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63

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Birth: 10/30/1841, St. Johnsbury, VT
Death: 08/03/1900

Burial: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jay Kelly/Findagrave
Findagrave Memorial #: 38367596

Cenotaph: St. Johnsbury Center Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 110492612


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/21/1888, VT; widow Martha A., 8/10/1900, DC
Portrait?: Unknown
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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Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC

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Cenotaph at Saint Johnsbury Center Cemetery, Saint Johnsbury, VT

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St. Johnsbury Center

The sad news of the death of Elbert Miles will come with a shock to his many friends in St. Johnsbury Center. His death occurred at his home Friday, Aug. 3, in Washington, D. C. Mr. Miles was born in St. Johnsbury, October 30, 1841. He belonged to a sturdy race of Vermonters, but the experience and exposure to army life left its mark upon him. He was a private in the 15th Vt. Under Col. Proctor and was in the famous battles of Bull Run and Gettysburg. He bore an honorable part in the war and received an honorable discharge at its close, but the fire of patriotism never ceased to burn in his heart. He was faithful in his service in his country, faithful in his service to his employers, his fellowmen and to his home; won many friends and had few enemies. He was an employee at the Fairbanks scale works for 26 years.

He left St. Johnsbury in 1892 and went to Washington with his family to live. For a number of years he was one of the most popular conductors on the Metropolitan line of the electric railroad. He won the confidence of the managers by his faithful service, and the good will of the patrons of the road by his courtesy. He was known to all by the title of “Colonel.” A few months sine, his old army troubles developed seriously, but rest and a physician's care brought back apparent health. Suddenly and silently alarming symptoms developed which resulted in his death. Bravely he met the pain of this brief but acute illness. As a soldier wraps his blanket about him to sleep after a long day of toil and battle, so he waited for the messenger of peace and rest to come to him. Faithful in life, brave in death, we must believe a crown of life awaits him.

Mr. Miles leaves a wife and one daughter, a grandson, and a brother living in Washington, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Kelley of St. Johnsbury Center. The funeral was held Sunday, August 5, interment in Rock Creek cemetery, Washington.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, August 8, 1900
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.