Hero's Grave & Memorial
Company H took part in the Peninsula Campaign, prepared for the capture of Richmond, and fought in battle at Antietam. For his bravery at Antietam, Miller was promoted to Captain. In 1863, his regiment took part in many battles, most notably the Battle of Gettysburg. Here, on July 3, Capt. Miller had been ordered to hold a position in the woods and prevent Confederate cavalry from breaking through. A large force under Major General Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee approached and was poised to break through at a spot well past Miller’s position. Capt. Miller said to his Lieutenant, “I have been ordered to hold this position, but if you will back me up in case I am court-martialed for disobedience, I will order a charge.” Miller’s squadron charged out of the woods, successfully forcing the Confederates back. Not only was Miller never court-martialed, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for this action in 1897.
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