Nelson A. Miles

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Nelson A. Miles

United States soldier who served in the American Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Spanish-American War. add

Category: Politics

Born in 1839.

Countries: United States (55%), Arizona (12%), Montana (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Skeleton Canyon, Geronimo, Christopher Freemeyer

Linked to: Union Army, United States Army

 

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Nelson A. Miles was born in 1839 add something


1861

He entered the Union Army on September 9, 1861, as a volunteer and fought in many crucial battles add something


1864

Edmund Zalinski - American Civil War - Lying about his age, Zalinski enlisted the United States Army, and served during the American Civil War as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Nelson A. Miles from October 1864


1866

In July 1866, Miles was appointed a colonel in the regular army add something


1868

On June 30, 1868, he married Mary Hoyt Sherman add something


1869

In March 1869 he became commander of the 5th U.S. Infantry Regiment add something


1874

In 1874-1875, he was a field commander in the force that defeated the Kiowa, Comanche, and the Southern Cheyenne along the Red River add something

 

Frederick S. Neilon - In July 1874, Neilon was joined the 6th U.S. Cavalry at Fort Dodge for General Nelson A. Miles expedition against the Kiowa, Comanche, and the Southern Cheyenne in the Indian Territory and northwestern Texas


1876

Battle of Little Big Horn - Between 1876 and 1877, he participated in the campaign that scoured the Northern Plains after Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's defeat at the Battle of Little Big Horn and forced the Lakota and their allies onto reservations add something

 

Henry R. Tilton - Great Sioux War of 1876-77 - Tilton served under General Nelson A. Miles at Wolf Mountain, the last major battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876-77, the following year

 

Denis Byrne (Medal of Honor) - He was among the 31 soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for during General Nelson A. Miles "winter campaign" against the Sioux Indians in the Montana Territory between October 1876 and January 1877

 

Christopher Freemeyer - He was one of thirty-one men who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during General Nelson A. Miles campaign against the Sioux Indians in the Montana Territory from October 1876 to January 1877

 

Edward Johnston (Medal of Honor) - Assigned to frontier duty in the Montana Territory, Johnston took part in General Nelson A. Miles winter campaign against the Sioux from October 21, 1876 to January 8, 1877

 

Christopher Freemeyer - Freemeyer was assigned to frontier duty in the Montana Territory and took part in General Nelson A. Miles "winter campaign" against the Sioux lasting from October 21, 1876 to January 8, 1877

 

Edward Johnston (Medal of Honor) - He was one of thirty-one men received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during General Nelson A. Miles winter campaign against the Sioux in the Montana Territory from October 21, 1876 to January 8, 1877


1877

In the winter of 1877, he drove his troops on a forced march across Montana and intercepted the Nez Percé band led by Chief Joseph add something


1880

While on the Yellowstone, he developed expertise with the heliograph for sending communications signals, establishing a line of heliographs connecting Fort Keogh and Fort Custer, Montana by 1880 add something


1886

In 1886, Miles replaced General George Crook as Army Commander against Geronimo in Arizona add something

 

Geronimo - In 1886, General Nelson A. Miles selected Captain Henry Lawton, Oklahoma, in command of B Troop, 4th Cavalry, at Fort Huachuca, and First Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood, to lead the expedition that brought Geronimo and his followers back to the reservation system for a final time.

 

Henry Ware Lawton - Completely worn out, the little band of Apaches returned to the U.S. with Lawton, Oklahoma and officially surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles on September 4, 1886

 

Skeleton Canyon - Geronimo's final surrender to General Nelson A Miles on September 4, 1886, occurred at the western edge of this canyon

 

Skeleton Canyon - Geronimo's final surrender to General Nelson A Miles on September 4, 1886, occurred at the western edge of this canyon


1890

In 1890, Miles was promoted to Major General, Regular Army add something

 

This included women and children at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890 add something


1895

Spanish-American War - He was named Commanding General of the United States Army in 1895, a post he held during the Spanish-American War. Miles commanded forces at Cuban sites such as Siboney add something


1898

Edmund Rice (Medal of Honor) - In May, 1898 he was appointed inspector general with the rank of lieutenant colonel on the staff of General Nelson A. Miles

 

Arthur L. Wagner - During the Spanish-American War, Wagner served as a staff officer to Gen. Henry Lawton from June to July 1898 and Gen. Nelson A. Miles until August, serving briefly as adjutant general of the Department of Dakota, before his transfer to the Philippines in December 1899


1900

He achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in 1900 based on his performance in the war add something


1903

Called a "brave peacock" by President Theodore Roosevelt, Miles stepped down from the army in 1903 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 64 add something


1917

When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the 77-year old general offered to serve, but President Wilson turned him down add something


1925

Miles died in 1925 at the age of 85 from a heart attack while attending a circus in Washington, D.C., with his grandchildren add something


Nelson A. Miles died in 1925 add something


1964

Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1964 add something


1998

Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press, 1998 add something


2001

Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001 add something


2006

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006, 1991 add something