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Smn Augustus Miller

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Smn Augustus Miller

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 17 Feb 1864
  • Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 5793788

Civil War Figure, Crewman of the HL Hunley submarine. Seaman Miller may be the most elusive member of the HL Hunley. Only a few sketchy details are known. Miller stood 5'8" tall, above average for a man of the 19th century, yet he was one the smaller members of the crew. He was from Europe and had been in America for a relatively short period of time before he volunteered as a crewman for the Hunley. One of the two oldest crewmembers, Miller’s age at the time of his death has been estimated at somewhere between 40 and 45 years. Evidence suggests he lived a life marked by injury and harsh physical activity. He suffered fractures on his rib, leg, and skull and was a heavy smoker and suffered from the beginning stages of arthritis. Because men with the surname Miller were prominent in the Confederacy this had made it difficult for experts to trace which Miller it was who perished in the Hunley. Documentation suggests Dixon found two volunteers from the German Artillery, one of which was J. F. Carlsen. There was a Samuel Miller who served with Carlsen on the Jeff Davis. Samuel Miller was captured by Union forces and released in 1862. Forensic genealogists researching the Hunley crew are still attempting to find out more about the mystery man. The remains of the crewmember known as Miller were found associated with two Confederate infantry buttons, which would be consistent with service in the German Artillery. Seaman Miller was most likely sitting at the fifth crank position. His only duty was to operate the crank. Based on his position, he may have been one of the last members to join the team. The HL Hunley sank 4 miles off the coast of Sullivan's Island (Charleston), South Carolina, on February 17, 1864, after sinking the USS Housatonic. The submarine was raised in 2000 and the crewmembers reinterred with the first 2 crews in Magnolia Cemetery, April 17, 2004.

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  • Created by: Pine
  • Added: 22 Sep 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5793788
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Smn Augustus Miller (unknown–17 Feb 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5793788, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Pine (contributor 46502227) .