General G. F. Wiles


April 4, 1826 -


Information copied from William G. Cutter's"History of Kansas".
Published 1883, Fairview Township, Butler County Section
His daughter, Ida Mather Wiles, married William Bagnell Parsons in about 1885.



GEN. G. F. WILES, stock raiser, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Muskingum County, April 4, 1826. Was educated and reared in his native State. At the breaking out of the rebellion tendered his service to the Union cause, taking an active part in organizing a company in Zanesville, which was enrolled in the Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and on the 26th of October, 1861, was commissioned First Lieutenant. He soon attained considerable celebrity as a drill officer, and in May, 1862, was appointed Regimental Drill Officer, the same month promoted to Captain, and detailed by Gen. John A. Logan to take charge of an engineer corps. The 16th of May, 1863, was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel, and participated upon that day in the battle of Champion Hill, where he achieved additional credit for coolness and skill. He contributed amply toward the suppression of Vicksburg and other prominent strongholds. September 1, 1863, he became Colonel, and July, 1864, took charge of a brigade, serving in that capacity until the close; being breveted Brigadier-General for meritorious conduct in the field. The engagements which his regiment was authorized by Gen. W. T. Sherman, to display on their banner were as follows: Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Boliver, Iuka, Thompson's Hill, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hills, Busby Mountains, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah and Pacotarigo. Was mustered out July 15, 1865. For fourteen years, dating from 1865, was prominently identified with the hardware interests of Zanesville, Ohio, coming to Kansas the spring of 1880. He is ranked among the leading stockmen of Southern Kansas, controlling, in company with Mr. C. W. Potevan, of Ohio, four sections of choice land on the Whitewater. Gen. Wiles is a typical gentleman, commanding in appearance, inclined to modesty, never seeking notoriety. Is firm in his views, liberal in judging, and when his mind is made up it does not change. He is a member of the K. of H. and I. O. O. F. The General's wife was formerly Miss J. H. Chapman, of Zanesville, Ohio. Mrs. W. is a lady of culture, whose graces of mind and heart endear her to all. They have had seven children born to them-Ellen A. (now Mrs. Mudge), Kate S., Laura M. (now Mr s. Goodenough), Ida M., Cora L., Lulu P., and Milton C.


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