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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1824

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

Dixon S. Miles

(Ap'd Md.)


Dixon Stansbury Miles: Born May 4, 1804.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 24, 1819, to July 1, 1824, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, July 1, 1824.

Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1824.

Served: in garrison at Cantonment Clinch, Fla., 1825; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1825‑28, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1828, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1828‑30, — and as Adjutant, 7th Infantry, at Regimental

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Apr. 30, 1833)

 p335  headquarters, May, 1830, to Feb. 10, 1836; on Recruiting service, 1836‑39; on Quartermaster duty, 1839‑45, in Florida War, 1839‑42,

(Captain, 7th Infantry, June 8, 1836)

— and in Pensacola harbor, Fla., 1843‑45; in Military Occupation of

(Capt., Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Jan. 16, 1839, to Sep. 30, 1845)

Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, 1848, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Brown, May 3‑9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey,

(Bvt. Major, May 9, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Defense of Ft. Brown, Tex.)

Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — and in command

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Several Conflicts at Monterey, Mex.)

of the City of Vera Cruz, Aug. 11 to Dec. 23, 1847; in garrison at

(Major, 5th Infantry, Feb. 16, 1847)

East Pascagoula, Mis., 1848; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1848, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1849‑51, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1851‑53, — Albuquerque,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d Infantry, Apr. 15, 1851)

N. M., 1853, — conducting recruits to New Mexico, 1854, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1854‑56, — Ft. Thorn, N. M., 1856‑57, — in command of Southern column of Gila Expedition, May 1 to July 26, 1857, being engaged in the Combat of June 27, 1857, on Gila River, north of Mount Turnbull, N. M., — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1857‑58, — in command of Navajo Expedition, N. M., Sept.‑Dec., 1858, — and Albuquerque, N. M., 1858‑59; in garrison at St. Louis, Mo., 1859‑60, — and Jefferson Barracks,

(Colonel, 2d Infantry, Jan. 19, 1859)

Mo., 1860; and on frontier duty at Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1860‑61, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑62: in the defenses of Washington, D. C., July, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being in command of the Reserve at the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; on leave of absence and awaiting orders, July 26, 1861, to Mar. 8, 1862; in command of Brigade guarding Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and in Defense of Harper's Ferry, Va., Mar. 8 to Sep. 16, 1862, when he was Mortally Wounded.

Died of Wounds, Sep. 16, 1862, at Harper's Ferry, Va.: Aged 58.

Buried, Saint James of My Ladys Manor Cemetery, Monkton, MD.​a

Thayer's Note:

a Cullum's Register, like many necrologies, has a strong tendency to gloss over failures or present them in a better light than warranted; the page at Find-a‑Grave, linked here, is more instructive as to Col. Miles' last battle.

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