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- Letter, 27 Feb. 1814, from Colonel Isaac A. Coles (1780-1841) in Staunton, Virginia to Callender Irvine (1774-1841), United States Commissary General of Purchases in Washington, D.C. Coles informs Irvine that he has chosen Staunton to serve as headquarters for his recruiting campaign
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- Isaac A. Coles, son of John and Rebecca E. Tucker Coles, was born 15 Feb. 1780 at "Enniscorthy" in Albemarle County, Virginia. While attending college at William & Mary, he introduced the letter "A" to his name to distinguish himself from his cousin. Coles graduated in 1798 with a Bachelor of Arts and moved home to help manage the family plantation, which he inherited from his father. Coles also was a member of the Virginia bar. During the final four years of Thomas Jefferson's presidency (1804-1808), Coles lived at the White House where he served as Jefferson's personal secretary. During the War of 1812, Coles served in the United States Army. He entered service as a major in the 20th Virginia infantry on 12 March 1812 and quickly earned promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. In March 1813 Coles again earned a promotion and was commissioned a Colonel in the 12th Virginia infantry. But in Jan. 1815 Coles was transferred to the 20th infantry where he was honorably discharged upon the war's closure in June 1815. In 1840 Coles began serving a two year term in the Virginia State Legislature. Shortly after earning reelection in 1841, he died on 21 July after a brief illness. His remains were interred at the family home.
- Isaac A. Coles married his first wife Louisa Gertrude Nevison (1795-1824) on 10 April 1823. Upon her death, he married Julianna (Stricker) Rankin (1796-1876), a widow. They had two children together. In 1839, Enniscorthy was completely destroyed by fire. After Coles' death, Julianna Coles lived at the Farish House in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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