A Guide to the James Miles Diary, 1865 Miles, James Diary Ms2010-006

A Guide to the James Miles Diary, 1865

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2010-006


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Processed by: Carmen Boggs-Parker Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2010-006
Title
James Miles Diary 1865
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Physical Characteristics
1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
Creator
James Miles
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of the Civil War diary of James Miles, an enlisted soldier in the 185th Regiment of the New York Infantry. The diary describes soldier life and spans from January to March 1865 until the author was killed in action.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the James Miles Diary must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: James Miles Diary, Ms2010-006- Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University., Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The James Miles Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 2009.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the James Miles Diary commenced and was completed in February, 2010.


Biographical/Historical Information

James Miles enlisted with Company K of the 185th Regiment, New York Infantry at Syracuse, New York on September 3, 1864. The 185th regiment was organized at Syracuse, New York and Company "K" was mustered in September 21, 1864. The regiment left for Petersburg, Virginia on September 27, 1864 and was attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army corps of the Army of the Potomac until May of 1865. During the term of service, the regiment lost 59 soldiers by death from wounds and 39 enlisted men by death from diseases. Miles was killed in action on March 29, 1865.

Much of this information was found at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html Additional information on the 185th Regiment of the New York Infantry can be found at http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/185thInf/185thInfMain.htm

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the Civil War diary of James Miles. The diary's entries date from January through March 1865 and include descriptions of battles and the deaths of soldiers by snipers. Miles' short entries relate the physical and emotional difficulties of being a soldier as evidenced by an entry about a fellow soldier who had deserted, "supposed to shoot him but didn't have it in me". The last entry is on the day before Miles was killed in action which was ten days before the end of the war.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Diaries

Contents List

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Folder 1
Diary, 1865