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John M. Miller (ca. 1817-1862)

John M. Miller, from Prescott, enlisted August 13, 1862, and died November 24, 1862, in Madison, Wis., from disease.  He was in Company F—the Salomon Tigers—of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry.

The following announcement of his death is from the November 26, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal:

— JOHN MILLER, of this city, member of the Salomon Tigers, died at Camp Randall yesterday morning.

The following obituary was original printed in The Hudson North Star, and reprinted in The Prescott Journal on December 24, 1862.


At Camp Randall, Monday evening, Nov. 24, of typhoid fever, our beloved friend Private JOHN MILLER, from Prescott, aged 45 years.  I found him, on my return from Lakeland, sick unto death.  He said, “Captain, (he used to be my steamboat mate) I am glad you have come.  Talk with me about Jesus.  I’m most gone; the anchor gives; but I know that my Redeemer liveth; I will trust him.”  Then he wandered home and talked with mother and the children.  “That is the way he keeps talking,” said the kind nurses, wiping their eyes.  Surgeon Hoyt came in, and I saw by his sad, hopeless look, trouble.  After this he did not seem to know any one until Monday noon, when he conversed a little with Quartermaster Starr.  At 7 P. M. I was called.  He said, “Captain, she runs hard.”  I answered, “Never mind, Uncle John; turn in and get some rest.”  “No,” he said, “I must get home.”  We raised his head, and showed him two pictures.  “That’s Jennie, that’s my daughter; bring them all up and let them stand right around me.  God bless mother and children!”  There was a tremor, a gasp or two, and all was over.  Wednesday morning the body was escorted to the grave by, besides the usual military escot [sic] fifty soldiers, (his company is away), the Quartermaster, Hospital Steward, and other officers and citizens, under command of Captain Platt.—Let me assure Mr. Miller’s friends that all was done for him that could have been done at home, during his sickness. We have one of the best physician the army affords.

Chaplain of the 30th Regiment W. V.

—Hudson North Star.

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