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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

Robert Millar

(1835 - 1909)

Home State: Rhode Island

Education: Brown University, U Penn. Medical College

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Before Antietam

Son of a Scottish born physician, he was a graduate of Brown University (1858) and the University of Pennsylvania Medical College (1861). Appointed Assistant Surgeon, 4th Rhode Island Infantry on 30 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was detailed to the (probably 9th Corps) General Hospital at Sharpsburg, where "his duties were arduous".

The rest of the War

On leave in January and October 1863. On recruiting duty in March 1864. On special duty at the Divisional Hospital July 1864. Discharged at the end of his term of service on 26 August 1864.

After the War

He returned to Providence and went into practice with Dr. Henry Rivers. He helped open the Rhode Island Hospital in 1868, and was a surgeon on the staff there. He retired due to failing health about 1889, and died of a cerebral hemorrhage 10 years later.

References & notes

Basic information from Dyer1, with details from Transactions of the Rhode Island Medical Society (Vol. VII, 1904-1909). Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave, which also has a nice post-War photo of him.


05/25/1835; North Providence, RI


12/17/1909; Providence, RI; burial in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 1, pp. 235, 295  [AotW citation 14085]