Boggess, Jiles Sanford, Jr. (1827–1877)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: March 17, 2011

Jiles Sanford Boggess, Jr., also known as Giles Samford Boggus, was born in Rhea County, Tennessee, on July 16, 1827, the son of Giles Sanford and Sarah Myriam (Bryant) Boggess. Boggess immigrated to Texas with his family prior to 1850, settling in Rusk County. On January 5, 1853, Boggess married Elizabeth J. Pierce in Rusk County. This couple had one son and three daughters. In the late 1850s, he operated a saloon with his brothers.

On June 13, 1861, Boggess was elected second lieutenant for Company B of the Third Texas Cavalry Regiment. He saw extensive action with this unit in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee, including the battles of Wilson Creek in 1861, Corinth in 1862, and the Tennessee campaign of 1864. Boggess was steadily promoted throughout the course of his service. On May 20, 1862, he was elected captain, and he received another promotion on June 5, 1862, this time to the rank of major. Following the battle of Corinth, Boggess was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel on October 16, 1862. He continued in this capacity until the surrender of the unit at Citronelle, Alabama, in May 1865.

Following the war, Boggess returned to Henderson and resumed operation of the family saloon until 1872. Boggess died in Henderson, Rusk County, on October 1, 1877, and was buried at Old City Cemetery in Henderson.

Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas, National Archives and Records Service, Washington. "Re: Jiles S. Boggess, Jr.—Texas," (, accessed August 8, 2006. 3rd Texas Cavalry (, accessed August 10, 2006.

  • Business
  • Military
  • Confederate Military
  • Regimental and Staff Officers
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • Civil War
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Reconstruction

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Boggess, Jiles Sanford, Jr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 21, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 17, 2011

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