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Civil War Soldiers - Pile

Pile, William A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born near Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 11, 1829. He received an academic education, studied theology and became a Methodist minister, joining the Missouri conference. He became chaplain in the 1st Mo. light artillery, June 12, 1861 ; lieutenant- colonel of the 33d Mo. infantry, Sept. 5, 1862; colonel of his regiment on Dec. 23, and brigadier-general in the volunteer service, Dec. 26, 1863. During his period of service he was engaged at Corinth, Vicksburg and Mobile. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, April 9, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services at the siege and capture of Fort Blakely, and was honorably mustered out, Aug. 24, 1865. Gen. Pile was a representative in Congress from Missouri from 1867-69, but was defeated for reelection ; was governor of New Mexico under appointment of Gen. Grant, 1869-70, and United States minister to Venezuela, 1871-74. He died in Monrovia, Cal., July 7, 1889.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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