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Confederate (CSV)


John Lucas Miller

(1829 - 1864)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: Davidson College, Class of 1848

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a lawyer in the York District, served a term in the State House of Representatives 1860-61, and owned and edited the Yorkville Enquirer. He recruited and was elected Captain of Company B, 12th South Carolina Infantry in August 1861. He was wounded at Gaines' Mill, VA in June 1862.

On the Campaign

He led his Company and was slightly wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Major of the regiment to date from 27 September 1862 after Major McCorkle resigned for health reasons. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February 1863 and commanded the regiment at Gettysburg in July. He was promoted to Colonel, probably in November when Colonel Davis resigned. He was mortally wounded in the bowels in action in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864 and died the next day.

References & notes

His service from the Roll,1 his Compiled Service Records, and Caldwell.2 His Sharpsburg wound from a casualty list in the Yorkville Enquirer of 8 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the 1860 US Census, the The Semi-centennial Catalogue of Davidson College (1891), and Bruce Allardice's Colonels.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married well, the wealthy Mary Green Sadler (1834-1888), in 1854, and they had 5 children.

He was a cousin of wartime diarist Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut; his uncle Stephen Decatur Miller's daughter.


09/05/1829; Ebenezer, SC


05/06/1864; the Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company B, 12th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24388]

2   Caldwell, James Fitz James, The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians, known first as "Gregg's" and subsequently as "McGowan's Brigade", Marietta (Ga): Continental Book Co., 1866, pp. 21, 48, 53, 72, 96, 137  [AotW citation 24389]

3   Allardice, Bruce S., Confederate Colonels, Columbia (Mo): University of Missouri Press, 2008, pg. 274  [AotW citation 24390]