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Saturday, 31 January 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " MILES JAMES " WAS A UNION ARMY SOLDIER DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAS AND A RECIPIENT OF MEDAL OF HONOR : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Miles James
Civil War era Medal of Honor
Born1829
Princess Anne County, Virginia
DiedAugust 28, 1871 (aged 41–42)
Norfolk City
Allegiance
Service/branch
RankFirst Sergeant
Unit36th Regiment United States Colored Troops
Battles/wars
AwardsMedal of Honor
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.

Biography

James joined the Army in Norfolk, Virginia, and by September 30, 1864, he was serving as a Corporal in Company 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, resulting in the amputation of his left arm. Six months after the battle, on April 6, 1865, James was issued the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chaffin's Farm. He was discharged for disability the following October.[1]

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.
Citation:
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.[2]