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Miles James
Personal Information
Born: 1829
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Died: August 28, 1871 (aged 41–42)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
Union Army
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Rank: Corporal
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Unit: 36th Regiment United States Colored Troops
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Chaffin's Farm
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Miles James was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.


James joined the Army in Norfolk, Virginia, and by September 30, 1864, he was serving as a Corporal in Companv hny B of the 36th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops. On that day, his unit participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm in Virginia, where he was seriously wounded. Six months after the battle, on April 6, 1865, James was issued the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chaffin's Farm.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company B, 36th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and date: At Chapins Farm, Va., September 30, 1864. Entered service at: Norfolk, Va. Birth: Princess Anne County, Va. Date of issue: April 6, 1865.


Having had his arm mutilated, making immediate amputation necessary, he loaded and discharged his piece with one hand and urged his men forward; this within 30 yards (27 m) of the enemy's works.[1]

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L
  • List of African American Medal of Honor recipients


  1. "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A-L)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2005-04-27. Retrieved 2007-01-13.