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Federal (USV)


Wells Waite Miller

(1842 - 1906)

Home State: Ohio

Education: Oberlin College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a student at Oberlin, but left before graduating, to enroll in Company E, 8th Ohio Infantry as First Lieutenant at age 19 on 17 June 1861. Promoted to Captain, Company H on 11 March 1862.

On the Campaign

Noted as having escorted prisoners from the Bloody Lane to the rear on 17 September.

The rest of the War

Discharged for wounds (place not named) on 8 January 1864.

After the War

He was a teacher at Castalia High School, a farmer, and a noted agriculturist. He served as Ohio's Secretary of Agriculture 1894-1906. He was Secretary of the Ohio Antietam Battlefield Commission, and was on the battlefield in 1902 in that role to help locate positions for monuments.

References & notes

Basic information from Sawyer1. Details from the State Roster and a bio sketch on Ohio History Central. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/1842 in NY


04/08/1906; Castalia, OH; burial in Castalia Cemetery, Castalia, OH


1   Sawyer, Franklin, and George A. Groot, editor, A Military History of the 8th Regiment Ohio Vol. Inf'y, Cleveland: Fairbanks & Co., Printers, 1881, pp. 74 - 81  [AotW citation 14867]