Pvt. Phillips was captured June 11, 1864 during the Battle of Trevillian Station. He was sent to Fortress Monroe on June 20th and on July 25th transferred to Elmira Prison, N.Y.
As many of the men at Elmira, Pvt. Wiley Phillips died March 15, 1865 of chronic diarrhoea. He was buried in grave # 1795.