Monday, November 03, 2014

Amos R. Miller

Iowa 32nd., Infantry, Regimental History.

page 151, About 9 o'clock that evening Captain Miller and myself were taken in an ambulance to a log house, and placed on the floor with a single blanket under  us. Robert Mack, of my company, and eight or ten others were with us. We were in this house four days before we were discovered by the Surgeons  who had been left to care for us,they having two  hospitals that required their continuous attention,  and we were over-looked. We had had nothing to  eat after the battle, except four crackers that Captain Miller had saved, of which he and I each ate one.

That night, April 11th, Captain Miller died, He was shot through the bowels, knew his wound was mortal, and was brave and cheerful to the last minute. He left no message with me, for neither of us had any thought that I would live to deliver it.

page 422-23, Amos Miller was a man of fine character and ability. Was Register of the State Land Office: a member of a Quaker family in Pennsylvania; and having been active in recruiting the company, was chosen Captain. "He was brave, but not rash strict disciplinarian. and a polished, courteous gentleman. When he died at Pleasant Hill, the regiment lost an able officer, and Iowa lost one of her noblest sons. He was respected and beloved by all his comrades."

He fell, shot through the body, in the heat of  the battle, and his comrades carried him to the shelter of the dry bed of a small stream near at hand, from which after nearly thirty hours he was removed with others to a cabin, and died the night of April 11th. [See page 151 

He did efficient service in command of a post at Fulton, near Fort Pillow, and also in command of the regiment at Columbus, when Col. Scott was in command of that Post.

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