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Federal (USA)


Marcus Peter Miller

(1835 - 1906)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1858;Class Rank: 8th

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery G

Before Antietam

After graduation from West Point he was appointed brevet 2nd Lieutenant of the 4th United States Artillery on 1 July 1858, and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 26 September 1859, and served in Utah. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 14 May 1861 and came east to the Defenses of Washington to March 1862. He was cited by brevet to Captain for gallantry in action at Malvern Hill, VA on 1 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded Battery G in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain on 11 May 1864 and honored by brevets in March 1865 for the Cavalry campaign from Winchester to Richmond, VA (Major), and for Dinwiddie Court House, VA (Lieutenant Colonel).

After the War

He continued in the Regular Army with garrison service in the East to 1872, then at Fort Stevens, OR (-1877) and in California (-1879). He was brevetted Colonel for actions against Indians at the Lava Beds, CA in April 1873 and at Clearwater, ID in July 1877. He was artillery instructor at Fortress Monroe, VA and at the Academy (-1881) and promoted to Major, 5th US Artillery on 14 September 1883. He was posted at Fort Hamilton, NY, and again at Ft. Monroe into 1894. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st US Artillery on 10 October 1894 and Colonel, 3rd US Artillery, on 30 April 1897.

He was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers on 27 May 1898 for the Spanish-American War and commanded 1st Brigade, 8th Army Corps and briefly an independent Division of the Corps in action in the Philippines (1898-99). He was appointed Brigadier General, USA on 15 February 1899 and retired on 27 March 1899.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Cullum2 (his Cullum #1805). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Katherine Sprague Haskin (1843–1925) in November 1863 and they had 5 children.


03/1835; Stockbridge, MA


12/11/1906; Fort Barrancas, FL; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, VA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 711  [AotW citation 29431]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pp. 702-703; Vol. IV, pg. 110  [AotW citation 29432]