Alexander “Elick” Miller, Jr

Alexander “Elick” Miller, Jr

Bedford County, Tennessee, USA
Death 10 Jul 1920 (aged 80)
Unionville, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Williamson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 171904486 · View Source
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********** BATTLE OF NASHVILLE ***********

In December 1863, the 12th, 13th, 15th & 17th Regiments of the U.S. Colored Infantry (USCI) were scheduled to come to Nashville TN to recruit and organize enlistees. However, my great great grandfather, Alexander Miller, could not/did not wait, and, instead, he went to Stevenson AL in November 1863, and, he enlisted there as a Corporal in Company "A" of the 17th USCI Regiment, United States Colored Troops (USCT) on November 24, 1863 (see "Company Muster-In Roll" document attached hereto).

On December 15-16, 1864, the 1st Colored Brigade (i.e., the 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th & 44th U. S. Colored Infantry Regiments), as well as the 2nd Colored Brigade (i.e., the 12th, 13th & 100th USCI Regiments) fought and provided substantial combat action(s) in defeating Lt Gen. John Bell Hood, Commander - Army Of Tennessee (C.S.A.), at the Battle Of Nashville.

Between December 17-27, 1864 the 1st & 2nd Colored Brigades continued fighting and chased Gen. Hood's Army all the way across the Tennessee River into the City Of Decatur AL (i.e., a distance of one 115 miles from Nashville TN).

On December 28, 1864, the 1st & 2nd Colored Brigades continued combat action(s) against Hood's Army in the City of Decatur AL., and, thereafter, all USCI Regiments, except for the 17th USCI, returned to Nashville.

On December 29-30, 1864, the 17th USCI Regiment continued fighting in the City Of Decatur AL, and, the Union Troops succeeded in causing Hood's Army to further retreat (i.e., to Toopelo MS).

Hood's "Army Of Tennessee, CSA" was completely decimated. When Hood started his "Middle Tennessee Campaign" he had 38,000 troops. However, his performance at the Battles Of Spring Hill TN (Nov 29, 1864), Franklin TN (Nov 30, 1864) & Nashville TN (Dec 15-16, 1864) dramatically reduced his Army from 38,000 troops down to only 15,000 troops.

Consequently, on January 13, 1865, Lt Gen. John Bell Hood, C.S.A. resigned his command and was not given another field command, and, also, a few months thereafter General Robert E. Lee, Commanding General, C.S.A., surrendered his entire Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox VA.


My great great grandfather is listed upon the Union Army Pension Rolls in regard to his Civil War service as a Member of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) (see Pension Document attached hereto).

Certain 17th USCI Regimental documents disclose that Alexander Miller mustered into the Regiment at the rank of Corporal, and, he was listed as a 5th Sergeant five (5) weeks thereafter (those documents reflecting rank are attached hereto).

However, in 1877 the U.S. Army's Adjutant General's Office claimed to have conducted an investigation in regard to Alexander Miller's rank, and, it entered an Order contending that Alexander Miller mustered in as a Private and mustered out as a Private (see the Adjutant General's Order attached hereto).

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 171904486
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander “Elick” Miller, Jr (6 Jan 1840–10 Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 171904486, citing Corner Cemetery, Williamson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by USCT Cemetery Mgr. (contributor 49120946) .