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Thomas Milton Chiles

  • Birth 1838 Cedar Springs, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 17 Sep 1862 Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 113306330

Thomas Milton Chiles, a son of Thomas White Chiles and the former Miss Mary Wardlaw Hearst, was born in the bounds of Cedar Springs and Long Cane A.R.P. churches in Abbeville County, South Carolina. His early education was at Willington Academy and then attending Erskine College in Due West, S.C.

After graduating Erskine in 1858, Thomas entered Vanderbilt in Nashville to study medicine. But once his beloved state of South Carolina seceded. Thomas returned home and joined the local Abbeville Minutemen volunteers in 1861.

In 1862, Thomas enlisted as a Sergeant in Company C, 7th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers under command of his brother-in-law, Capt. Patrick H. Bradley; later appointed Adjutant to Col. David Wyatt Aiken. This regiment known as "the Bloody-Seventh" engaged in their first serious combat at Savage Station on June 29, 1862 during the Seven Days Campaign and every major battle going forward. At Maryland Heights on September 13th, Adjutant Chiles was wound slightly in the face, but continue to fight.

Four days later at the Battle of Antietam, Adjutant Thomas Milton Chiles was mortally wounded causing this ever able soldier, distinguished for his excellent judgment and firmness in execution of honor and duty to depart his earthy life.

Buried where he fell, later Thomas' unidentified mortal remains were moved to the final resting place for Confederate soldiers in Washington Confederate Cemetery within the grounds of Rose Hill Cemetery.

Death Notice:
The Due West Telescope
October 10, 1862
"Killed in the battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland on the 17th September, 1862, Adjutant Thomas M. Chiles in the 24th year of his age. Adjt. Chiles was a graduate of Erskine College in the Class of '58. After graduation, he taught school a year, and then commenced the study of medicine; he was attending his first course of lectures in Nashville, Tenn., when South Carolina seceded, he immediately came home and joined a company of minutemen then organized in the neighborhood. … He was a sergeant in Company C; in 1862 at the re-organization of the 7th Regiment Sgt. Chiles was appointed Adjutant. He received a wound in the mouth in storming the Maryland Heights on the 13th September and then early on the morning of the 17th he fought till about noon, when he was struck on the forehead and immediately expired."

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  • Added: 4 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113306330
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Milton Chiles (1838–17 Sep 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113306330, citing Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by GMG (contributor 47391530) .