Robert H Miller

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Robert H Miller

Au Sable Forks, Clinton County, New York, USA
Death 23 Jan 1915 (aged 81)
Au Sable Forks, Clinton County, New York, USA
Burial Au Sable Forks, Clinton County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 15702693 · View Source
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Private Robert H. Miller
highlights of Civil War service
1. GETTYSBURG PHASE--Co. A, 13th Vermont Volunteers Infantry Regiment (in 3rd Brig., 3rd Div., I Corps, Army of the Potomac)

Enlisted: 23 Aug 1862, Co. A, 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry
Mustered in: 21 July 1863 (the 13th was made up of 9 month volunteers)
Remarks: The 13th Vermont Infantry Regiment fought in the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863).Today a monument exists to the 13th on Cemetery Ridge, at the site where the Union forces repelled the famous Pickett's charge. It is probable, given his dates of service and the specific actions of his regiment, that Robert Miller fought in, politically and strategically, the most pivotal single engagment of the Civil War. (see Coffin, Full Duty, pp 194-195)

2. SPOTSYLVANIA PHASE-- Co. H, 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment (in 2nd Brigade , 2nd Division, VI Corps).

Enlisted: 9 Sept 1863 in Co H, 2nd Vermont Infantry Regiment as a substitute for Jesse B. Sandborne of Brighton, Vermont
Mustered in: 9 Spet 1863
Wounded: during Battle of Spotsylvania 10 May 1864
Discharged: 25 Aug 1864 (see revised roster Vermont Volunteers, Montpelier, 1892)
Remarks: The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse (May 8-21, 1864) was the second major engagement in U.S. Grant's "Wilderness Campaign," so-named because it opened with the carnage known today as the Battle of the Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864). During the Wilderness, the Old Brigade (2nd Brig., 2nd Div., 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac), holding firm at the intersection of Brock and Orange Plank Roads, preventing Lee from splitting (and possibly destroying) Grant's Army. (see Coffin, Full Duty, pp242-243).

The 13th was part of what the State of Vermont counted as the "Vermont 2nd Brigade"; the latter should not be confused with the numbering system used in the Army of the Potomac's Order of Battle for Gettysburg (see Official Records, elsewhere in this collection).
Vermonters considered the 2nd part of the "Old Vermont Brigade"
Hospital records indicated that Robert Miller was wounded in the right elbow on 10 May 1864 and the afflicted arm was amputated (at mid-humeral level), in the field, on May 11, 1864. His regiment is known to have been engaged in the infamous "Bloody Angle" fight; latter took place on 12 May 1864. If the hospital records are accurate then it it unlikely that Pvt Miller saw action at the Bloody Angle. In the Battle of Spotsylvania, two major actions did take place on 10 May 1864: an unsuccessful assault by Hancock's Corps at the Po River ( in which Dyer shows no participation by Vermont units); an attack that evening , called Upton's Attack, in which Colonel Emory Upton (a New Yorker) led twelve elite regiments, including "crack" Vermont units (one of which may have been Pvt. Miller's) against the Confederate west flank.
Later in life he would sit at the table with his uniform on, and died that way, at the table, hat on, cane in hand. He lived along the AuSable River on the road leading to the J and J, Rogers papermill. He was a butcher by trade and also listed somewhere as a peddler where the sons had a trade of Acid Makers and Lumbermen. May have been married twice.
Numerical listing places them living next door to daughter Julia and Robert Miller in Black Brook, NY in 1860. The household numbered the following:
Joseph Stay 57 No occupation Born: Canada
Elizabeth 50
Almira 18
Emma 11
Eliza 7

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 15702693
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert H Miller (16 Mar 1833–23 Jan 1915), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15702693, citing Fairview Cemetery, Au Sable Forks, Clinton County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Sharon & Jackie (contributor 46808067) .