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Clipping related to the death of Captain Miller, Sep. 14, 1864:

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VC Spec 1865-1867
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vassar:24355,,Box 68,VCL_Letters_Foster_Frances-Miller_1865-1867_002
Date
September 14, 1864
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United States
Georgia
Atlanta

 


: VCLLettersFosterFrancesMiller18651867002001
MARRIAGES.
On the 23rd inst.. by the Rev. E.T. Brown. assisted
by Prof. James Marvin of Meadville, Pa,, Capt.
O.O. Miller, A.A.G., to MISS FRANC HAR-
MON, all of Warren..
No Cards.
----
Death of Captain O. O. Miller.
A few days since the sad intelligence
reached this place that Captain Oscar O.
Miller, Asst. Ad’jt General, was killed in
a fight on the 2d inst., south of Jones-
boro, Ga. Capt. Miller was a brave and
accomplished young officer, and none
truer have drawn the sword in defense
of their country. He fell nobly and he-
roically doing his duty, and his death”
will long be mourned by hundreds of
warm friends here, who know him best
and loved him most.

His remains are daily expected to ar-
rive at this place for burial.
----
The late Capt. O. O. Miller.
Captain O. O. Miller was born in Lib-
erty, Trumbull Co. Ohio, March 8th 1838.
At seventeen he became religious, and
united with the Baptist church, where
his cheerful faith was shown by his works;
while thus devoted to the religious duties
consequent upon his position, he mani-
fested the liberal spirit which recognizes
the greater brotherhood in Christ, unit-
ing all heaven——seeking souls into one
family". As a civilian, he was true to ev-
ery trust, remaining for seven years with
one mercantile firm, a member of which
pronounced his business talents to be of
the first order. He was frank, yet always
courteous, winning the esteem of all
who knew him well. In April, 1861 he
enlisted as a private. When relating the
fact to a friend, he said smiling: “Is it
right? I never knew before how much I
loved my country! I can go better than
many others, who must leave wives be-
hind!" In 1861 he was made A. A. Gen.,
on Gen. Beaty's staff, and last March he
was married to Miss Franc P. Harmon.
A few days before this event, he said,
"When I see men so active and prosper-
ous, I long to settle down here and begin
life anew, but the hardest of the fighting
will be over by fall, then I shall come
home for good: I am happier than I ev-
er expected to be, and I look forward to
a very happy life.”

He was killed Sept. 2d, l864. A dis-
tinguished officer writes from the field,

“None have fallen more gloriously; his
heart was pure, his character noble, and
mellowed by the sweet influences of
Christianity. He did not permit the
strifes which grow out of the necessi-
ties and ambitions of life to drag him
down from those sublime conceptions
and intuitions of goodness which Deity
designed we should cultivate until they
would raise us above the reach of tempt-
ation. When he fell. numbers who ad-
mired his bravery, said. ‘O, if I were on-
ly as well fitted to die as Captain Miller
I would be content with any fate.” His
influence was felt for the right by all
with whom he acted. His zealous and
efficient services in this great war were
conspicuous and acknowledged. Gen.
Wood said to me, “Captain Miller was a
gallant ofiicer. and he was the soul of
his Brigade. His Brigade commander
said to me... “It seems to my mind that
the Brigade will not be worth anything
without Captain Miller. The whole com-
mand loved and respected him, and his
loss effects all our hearts; his character
seemed noble, perfect, and his bravery
was never excelled.” I saw him a few
hours before he was borne from the field
of battle; no one was nearer the foe than
he, and no one was offering an example
more worthy of emulation. The fires
of his soul were all ablaze, as he motion-
ed the troops to “Come on! He died for
a cause inferior only to that of heaven.
From brother-officers and from privates,
the same unvarying testimony assures us
tlmt. he was in the camp and on the bat-
tle field the christian patriot and soldier.
and the competent faithful officer. In-
scribed on one of the swords which lay
on his coffin, we read, Shiloh, Some Riv.
er, Chattanooga and Chickamauga. --
There might have been added the four
months battle for Atlanta. Without adula-








 


: VCLLettersFosterFrancesMiller18651867002002
tion, we may write [...] youthful in years,
yet old in deeds, [...] man has fallen.

Before Atlanta, Georgia
September 14, 1864.

MADAM:—Owing to a severe accident
to one of my eyes, I have not been able
sooner to communicate to you the cir-
cumstances attending the death of Cap-1
tain Miller. On the 2d of September
towards evening, the Brigade was order-
ed to assault the rebel works. It became
necessary for me to go on the skirmish,
line to reconnoitre the position; the Cap-
tain accompanied as usual, the rebel
works being in close proximity, the fire
was very severe.

Taking position behind a log for pro-
tection to make the necessary observa-
tions, the Captain and Lieut. Colclazer,
another officer of the staff, were in the
rear of me. was just turning around
to speak to the Captain, when the fatal
bullet struck him passing through his
head, and severely wounding Lieut. Col-
clazer who was behind the Captain. I
bent down over him to hear any words
he might utter, but he was unconscious;
after a few long drawn breaths he expired,
and I had his body conveyed to the rear,

This most unhappy accident has cast a
deep gloom over all. No man was more
universally loved and respected. While
his fate may at any time be our own,
I had fondly hoped that he would survive
all perils, and that it would never be my
sad duty to inform you of his death:-—

I had the pleasure of knowing the Cap-
tain intimately; we have been in friendly
or official intercourse almost daily for the
last two years, and I had many opportuni-
ties to appreciate his virtues as a man
and soldier, he was the most conscien
tious man in the discharge of his many
arduous duties, untiring in his zeal, con-
spicuously brave and gallant, and most
gentlemanly and kind in his deportment
towards all. Amidst all temptations
surrounding a soldier, He remained un-
tainted by any vice. His course of life
and conduct were so shaped, as to fully
prepare him to meet death. His useful-
ness was such that his loss is irreparable,
and the service of the country cannot
spare such men. God grant that the sac-
rifice of such precious lives, may not be
in vain.

Allow me to tender you, and his fami-
ly, in behalf of ofiicers, and soldiers, who
loved him, the deepest felt sympathy in
your grievous loss and sad affliction.

Believe me madam, with my sincerest
regards, Your obedient servt.,

FRED KNEFLER,
Col. 79th Indiana Vols.,
Commanding the Brigade.

To Mrs. Franc P. Miller, Warren Ohio.