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G.D. Miller

G.D. Miller

Federal (USV)

Private

George D. Miller

(1839 - 1919)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 124th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, he enlisted on 4 August 1862 in Media and mustered as Private, Company D, 124th Pennsylvania Infantry on 9 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862:

I still have the blouse, with a half moon out of the front and a large hole in the back. The ball entered above the stomach, coming out between the lower two ribs, cutting the colon, from which it discharged for ten days or so. Dr. Linton, of our company, drew a silk handkerchief through the opening, which was about all that could be done.

... After receiving my wound Comrade Charles Eckfeldt, at my solicitation, helped me off with my belt and knapsack, and as the barrel of his gun had been flattened by a ball, he took mine, and when I left the gutter on the pike, he was firing away, but was never heard of again. His father searched every place: opening graves, etc.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital in the D.R. Miller farmhouse on the battlefield. He later remembered ...

... when I was wounded and saw the hole in the front of my coat, and put my hand to my back, I thought it was all up with me, and for a month it seemed impossible that I could get well, and when I took a turn for the better it was a great disappointment, as I was in hopes I was through my earthly troubles.
He was mustered out with Company on 15 May 1863.

References & notes

Service information from the Register.1 The quotes above and his picture from his own story in the History.2 The hospital detail from Sergeant Broomhall's diary. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

John Banks posted about Miller in 2016 on his Civil War blog.

Birth

02/03/1839; Upper Providence, Delaware County, PA

Death

06/21/1919 Philadelphia, PA; burial in Media Cemetery, Media, PA

Notes

1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23829]

2   Green, Robert McCay, compiler, History of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion 1862-1863, Philadelphia: Ware Brothers Company, printers, 1907, pg 105  [AotW citation 23830]