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W.E. Miller
W.E. Miller

Federal (USV)


William Edward Miller

(1836 - 1919)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Cumberland County, he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry on 17 August 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He led a platoon of cavalry along with Lt. Warren's squadron in reconnaissance in the East Woods on the afternoon of 16 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
Promoted from 2d Lieutenant to Captain to date from 1 September 1862. He mustered out with his Company on 24 August 1864.

After the War:
He was in the hardware business in Carlisle, PA and served a term in the state Senate (1898). He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1897 for his actions on the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Campaign information from Carman1. Service data from Bates2. His picture from Rawle3. Further details from a biographical sketch in Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (1905).

Birth Date: 02/05/1836    Place of Birth: West Hill, PA    
Death Date: 12/10/1919    Death Place: Carlisle, PA    Burial Place: Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA


1   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 2 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-12, Vol. 2, pp. 32 - 33  [AotW citation 10676]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 10680]

3   Rawle, William Brooke, and Regimental History Committee, History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, Sixtieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the American Civil War, 1861-1865, Philadelphia: Franklin Printing Company, 1905, pg. 95  [AotW citation 13548]

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