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James Miller
Birth: Apr. 25, 1776
Peterborough
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1851
Temple
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

United States Army Officer. During the War of 1812 he won recognition as the "Hero of Lundy's Lane." A lawyer, he took command of New Hampshire militia before the outbreak of war, but his abilities leading troops were soon noticed and he was commissioned a Major in the regular Army, then quickly promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Captured in 1813, he was soon exchanged and participated in major actions around the Great Lakes, including the capture of Fort Erie and the Battle of Chippawa. During the Battle of Niagara in 1814, in and around an area known as Lundy's Lane, the American commander, Major General Jacob Brown, ordered Miller, then commanding the 21st Infantry Regiment, to take a hill from which British artillery were raking American positions. Miller's replied, "I'll try, sir." With fewer than 300 men he drove the British from the hill and captured their cannon. He held the position against counterattacks until the Americans withdrew to Fort Erie. After the war he was presented a gold medal from the United States Congress emblazoned with, "I'll Try!", and breveted the rank of Brigadier General. The medal was presented to him by Daniel Webster at City Hall Park in New York City. He was also presented a dress sword from the state of New York. He resigned his army commission in 1819 to accept the appointment as the first governor of the Territory of Arkansas. By 1823, poor health forced him to return home to his farm in Temple, New Hampshire. In 1824, he was elected to the House of Representatives, but declined to accept the office. Instead, he accepted the post of collector of customs for the ports of Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts, a post he held for 24 years. He retired to his farm in Temple where he died. (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Miller (____ - 1825)
  Catherine Gragg Miller (1743 - 1833)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Flint Miller (1780 - 1830)*
 
 Children:
  Ephraim Flint Miller (1808 - 1875)*
 
 Sibling:
  James Miller (1776 - 1851)
  Catherine Miller McFarland (1784 - 1810)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Harmony Grove Cemetery
Salem
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Mar 13, 2006
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James Miller
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James Miller
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James Miller
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Thank you, sir for your service to our great nation. May you rest in peace.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jul. 7, 2016

- peggy
 Added: Apr. 25, 2016
General James Miller
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Dec. 23, 2015
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