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  • Description is exactly "Miles Ingram (ca 1843-1890) was a slave of the Joseph Ingram plantation near Rogersville in Lauderdale County and a private in Co H, 111th Inf, United States Colored Troops (USCT). The 21 year-old, 5 feet 9 inches Ingram enlisted on February 20, 1864 at Pulaski, Tennessee; he was mustered out of the service on April 30, 1866 at Nashville, Tennessee. Ingram served as the company cook.

    According to the late Prof. Kenneth Johnson of the University of North Alabama, the Union Army sent recruiters behind Confederate lines, primarily to plantations in East Lauderdale County to recruit men. Miles was thus one of approximately 70 men who served in the 110th and 111th USCT from East and West Lauderdale County.

    One of the major battles in which the 110th participated was the Battle of Sulphur Trestle, near Athens, Alabama on September 23-25, 1864, in which, according to his service records Ingram was "captured by the enemy" on Sept. 24, 1864.

    Miles was married to Rosanna Gist (1854-1937) and the couple had 13 known children. Rosanna Gist Ingram was a daughter of David (ca. 1825-aft. 1917) and Martha (ca. 1824-1913) Gist.

    Miles was a farmer with one hundred acres of land at Poplar Springs, just west of Killen, however this land was very poor. Thus after Miles’ death in 1890 Rosanna applied for and drew a widow’s pension to help support her and their several children.

    By 1920 Rosanna had moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Rosanna’s home was destroyed in the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

    Rosanna Gist Ingram died in Oklahoma on Sept. 1, 1937. Both Miles and Rosanna are buried at the Bailey Chapel AME Cemetery and Miles has a Union veteran’s marker erected by family at some point.

    Note: See the photo of Rosanna Gist Ingram in the "People" Collection."
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