(1842 - 1915)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
He was in Company B.
The rest of the War
He was promoted Sergeant at Gettysburg in July 1863.
References & notes
Basic information from Davis1, which has him as Val C. Giles. Memoir in the Confederate Veteran (15, 417) puts him at Sharpsburg. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. The photo here from one taken in 1861 and published in Voices2. Giles' memoirs were published in 1961 by editor Mary Lasswell as Rags and Hope: Four Years with Hood's Brigade, Fourth Texas Infantry, 1861-1865.
More on the Web
See a very fine post from Andy Hall about Val at Christmas 1861 in Fredericksburg. Thanks also to Andy for Val's full name and pointer to his picture.
01/26/1842; Shelby County, TN
01/31/1915; Austin, TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 150 - 152 [AotW citation 1669]
2 Woodhead, Henry, editor, Voices of the Civil War: Soldier Life, Alexandria (Va): Time-Life Books, 1996 [AotW citation 9454]