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Charles H Miles

22nd MI Infantry, Company D

(1840 – 1909) 

     Born in November 1840 in Ohio, at age 21 Charles H. Miles enlisted as a private in the 22nd MI Infantry, Company D in Pontiac, MI on August 14, 1862.  He listed his residence as Southfield Twp., Oakland County, MI.  Miles was captured at the battle of Chickamauga in September 1863 and held in a Confederate prison camp until April 15, 1865, when he was paroled.  He was mustered out on July 10, 1865 in Portsmouth Grove, RI.  Miles claimed a military pension on May 21, 1870.  On the 1890 Census Veteran’s Schedule Miles reported that he had “poor eyes” as a result of his imprisonment.

     3 months after his release from military service Miles married Mary M. Fall (1851 – 1938) in Detroit, MI on Oct. 5, 1865.  The couple settled in the 12th Ward, Detroit, MI where Charles worked as a laborer and later as a cooper.  The Miles had 5 children:  Omar (b.1866), Etta (b.1871), Agnes (b.1875), Gertie (b.1879), and Albert (b.1877).  Charles H. Miles died in 1909 and is buried with his wife Mary in Greenwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Oakland County, MI.

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