(1823 - 1906)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
see his Battle Report
He served in Company I of the First South Carolina Volunteers - the Palmetto Regiment - in the Mexican War (1846-48). In late 1861 he raised a company of troops in the Lancaster District and was commissioned Captain, Company E, 22nd South Carolina at the regiment's organization in January 1862 at Columbia, SC. He was appointed Major of the regiment, date not given.
On the Campaign
He commanded the regiment in Maryland after Lieutenant Colonel Watkins was mortally wounded and captured on South Mountain on 14 September.
After the War
By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a farmer in Flat Creek near Waxhaws in Lancaster County. He moved his family to the Tennessee Colony, Anderson County, TX in about 1886.
References & notes
His service from the Roll 1 and the index to his Compiled Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database. Personal details from family genealogists (at least one has him as Milam Leon Hilton), the US Census of 1870 and 1880, and his obituary in the Lancaster News of 17 March 1906. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his memorial stone has him as Miles Hilton.
He's seen in most records simply as Miel Hilton.
He married Sarah Sowell (1837-1893) in about 1850 and they had 10 children between 1852 and 1876.
1823; Westville, Kershaw District, SC
02/22/1906 in TX; burial in Tennessee Colony Cemetery, Tennessee Colony, Anderson County, TX