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Federal (USV)


John W. Skiles

(1826 - ?)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a Mexican War veteran. He helped recruit and was the original Captain of Company C, 23rd Ohio Infantry when it mustered into service in June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was seriously wounded in action on 14 September 1862 on South Mountain, and his left arm was amputated.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Major of the 88th Ohio Infantry on 31 July 1863. In late 1863 he commanded the Provost Guard of the District of Ohio, and was on recruiting duty at Tod Barracks, Columbus, OH for parts of 1864 and 1865. He was honored by brevet to Colonel in June 1865 and discharged on 26 July 1865.

After the War

He was in Washington and Oregon 1890-93 and probably in Colorado thereafter.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Ohio1. Further service details from the ORs2. Papers (MS 59) about him are in the collection of the University of Colorado, Boulder.


1826 in OH


Date not known; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, CO


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 3, pp.78 - 85; Vol. 7, pg. 41  [AotW citation 8144]

2   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901  [AotW citation 9281]