|Birth||Jan. 29, 1844|
|Death||March 3, 1930|
|Cemetery||Pawnee City (Pawnee City)|
|Unit||11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B|
Private Benjamin M Niles
Company B, 11th Wisconsin Infantry
Niles was born in Leon (Cattaraugus County), New York on January 29, 1844. He was residing in Windsor (Dane County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on October 4, 1861. Niles served nearly 4 years. He was discharged on September 4, 1865. One Civil War source indicates that he was “sick and absent” when the regiment was discharged.
The 11th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison on October 18, 1861. During Niles’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).
Occupation of Mobile (AL) (April 12, 1865).
The regiment fought in 2 very costly battles/sieges during the Civil War. Eleven (11) soldiers were lost and 102 were wounded on May 22, 1863 at the Siege of Vicksburg. Fifteen (15) were killed and 45 were wounded on April 9, 1865 at the Siege of Fort Blakely.
Niles died on March 3, 1930 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Pawnee City Cemetery in Pawnee City (Pawnee County), Nebraska.
Doc – Niles(11WISC).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.