Co. D – 49th USCT Missouri
GILES STEWART son of GREENE MITCHELL was born 04 February 1839 in Hurricane Twp, Lincoln Co., MO, and died 29 November 1919 in St. Charles, St. Charles Co., MO. He married (1) ANN WATTS aka Annaka Delyle Wookfolk and Annie Harvey, abt. 1867 in Lincoln Co., MO, daughter of HARRIS WATTS and MINERVA VANCE. She was born 1852 in MO, and died Bet. 1885 - 1886 in Lincoln Co., MO. He married (2) MARIAH HAWKINS 30 April 1891 in Lincoln Co., MO, daughter of NATHAN SHELTON and ELLEN HAWKINS. She was born 06 June 1872 in Cottleville, St. Charles Co., MO, and died 06 November 1922 in St. Charles, St. Charles Co., MO.
According to his Civil War Pension Packet, Giles Stewart enlisted on 28 Oct 1864 in St. Louis, MO. He was mustered in Co. D, 49th United States Colored Infantry on 31 Oct 1864 at Benton Barracks. Giles remained in St. Louis until May 1865 when he reported for duty in St. Charles Co., MO. He next reported to Vicksburg, Mississippi on 12 June 1865. Giles remained in Vicksburg until he mustered out on 22 March 1866.
He declared that the correct spelling of the surname was Stewart, though all records on this family have been found under the spelling, Steward. Alexander P. Stewart, Giles' former slave owner spelled his surname, Stuart.
49th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Organized March 11, 1864, from 11th Louisiana Infantry (African Descent). Attached to 1st Colored Brigade, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to April 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., April 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to October 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 16th Corps, to November 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to June 1865. Dept. of Mississippi to March, 1866. SERVICE- Post and garrison duty at Vicksburg, Miss., and at various points in the Dept. of Mississippi entire term. Mustered out March 27, 1866. Predecessor unit: LOUISIANA VOLUNTEERS 11th REGIMENT INFANTRY (AFRICAN DESCENT). Organized at Milliken's Bend, La., May 23 to August 22, 1863. Attached to African Brigade, District of Northeast Louisiana, to July, 1863. Post Goodrich Landing, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to January 1864. 1st Brigade, U. S. Colored Troops, District Vicksburg, to March, 1864. SERVICE.-Duty at Milliken's Bend till January, 1864. Action at Milliken's Bend June 7. Post duty at Vicksburg, Miss., January to March 1864. Expedition to Waterproof January 29 - February 23. Waterproof February 14-15. Designation of Regiment changed to 49th U. S. Colored Troops March 11, 1864, which see.
In Giles' service packet a claim by his former owner was found:
Alexander P. Stuart claimant for compensation of Giles Stuart slave, under the Acts of Congress of February 24th, 1864 and July 28th, 1866, having been duly sworn, declares that at the date of the enlistment of said Giles Stuart into the military service of the United States, he was the lawful owner of said Giles Stuart and obtained his title to him in the following manner (1): viz: by inheritance from my father Robert Stuart Decd late of Lincoln County in the state of Missouri, who died in the year 1848, and letter of Administration on his estate were granted to Samuel Cannon by the County Court of said County, having probate jurisdiction.