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Federal (USA)


Evan Miles

(1838 - 1908)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Company officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th United States Infantry, Second Battalion

Before Antietam

He was appointed 1st Lieutenant, 12th US Infantry on 5 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with the 2nd Battalion of the 12th at Antietam, probably with Company E.

The rest of the War

He served as Regimental Quartermaster 19 November 1863 to 20 January 1865, and was promoted to Captain on 20 January 1865.

After the War

He transferred to the new 21st US Infantry 21 September 1866 at it's formation, served with them on Reconstruction duty in Virginia, and in 1869 went West - to Arizona by way of San Fransisco - in command of Company E. He was cited by brevet for action against the Nez Perces in 1877 (Clearwater, Idaho) and Piutes (or Pi Utes, Umatilla Agency, Oregon) in 1878.

He was appointed Major of the 25th Infantry - the famed "Buffalo Soldiers" - on 24 Apr 1888, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the 20th Infantry 25 Apr 1892, transferred to the 22nd in September 1895 and, finally, the First Infantry in November. He was made Colonel of that regiment on 4 May 1897. During the Spanish-American War he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers (6 Oct 1898 - 10 Jan 1899). He retired from active duty after nearly 38 years of service on 19 July 1899.

References & notes

Service data above from Heitman1. His birth and death information from a notice (pdf) in the New York Times, Tuesday, May 26, 1908, Pg. 7. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


03/28/1838; McVeytown, PA


05/25/1908; San Francisco, CA; burial in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 708  [AotW citation 856]