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Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen
H. H. Hardesty, Vol II, 1894, page 581.

Contributed by Shirley Fox Allen.

JAMES M. PYLES - Born May 8, 1843, in Marshall county, was a son of George and Nancy (Clyde) Pyles, both deceased and married, Jan. 1880 in this county, Amy Geho, born here April, 1834, a daughter of John and Hannah (Reed) Geho, deceased. Comrade Pyles was employed as a farmer when he enlisted at the age of 19 years, as a private April, 1861 at Cameron, in Co H, 1st W. Va. V. I. In the fall of 1863 he was in hospital nine days on account of sickness, and was furloughed from hospital for thirty days, returning to command near Atlanta. In Aug. 1861 he was honorably discharged from first enlistment, re-enlisting Aug. 1862, at Waynesburg, Pa., in Co. B, and H, Pa. Cav. He was on dispatch duty at Rosecran's Hd. Qtrs, and under Gen. Thomas as Ord.; he fought at Antietam, Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mt., Selma and several others, receiving an honorable discharge at Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 1865; he had four brothers in the service; William was killed at New Creek and Jerry died of smallpox while in the service; three brothers of his wife, were also in the war; her first husband also served in the late war and was killed at Elizabeth, W. Va. Comrade Pyles is Adjt. of Liberty Post, 87, he is engaged in farming, and his address is Bannen, W. Va.