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Miles James

Date of birth: 1829
Date of death: August 28, 1871
Burial location: Norfolk, Virginia
Place of Birth: Virginia, Princess Anne County
Home of record: Portsmouth Virginia


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Miles James, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 30 September 1864, while serving with Company B, 36th U.S. Colored Infantry, in action at Chapin's Farm, Virginia. Having had his arm mutilated, making immediate amputation necessary, Corporal James loaded and discharged his piece with one hand and urged his men forward; this within 30 yards of the enemy's works.

General Orders: Date of Issue: April 6, 1865

Action Date: September 30, 1864

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company B

Division: 36th U.S. Colored Infantry