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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