Miles, James Diary

A Guide to the James Miles Diary, 1865 Ms.2010.006


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2010.006
Title
James Miles Diary1865
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Creator
Miles, James, d.1865
Language
The material in the collection is in 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

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], James Miles Diary, Ms2010-006, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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

Processing Information

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


Biographical Note

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 Contents

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the James Miles Diary by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Diary,
1865