• Brig. Gen. Miller Lost Eye In Civil War Battle Of Stones River, Repelled Breckinridge

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    Offering a 2 ½ x 8 ½ signed by John Franklin Miller for a registered letter, dated Feb. 21st, 1883.


    JOHN FRANKLIN MILLER (November 21, 1831 – March 8, 1886) joined the Union Army. On August 27, 1861, Gov. Oliver P. Morton commissioned Miller as Colonel of the 29th Indiana Infantry.  Miller saw action on the second day of the Battle of Shiloh and later in the Siege of Corinth. He led his regiment through northern Alabama and Tennessee and pursued Braxton Bragg through Kentucky. He commanded a brigade under James Negley during the Battle of Stones River in late December 1862. On the second day of the battle, he spearheaded the counterattack across Stones River, which repulsed John C. Breckinridge’s Confederate attack.  During this charge, Miller was wounded in the neck. On June 27, 1863, Miller was severely wounded, losing his left eye, in a minor fight at Liberty Gap.


    After the war, Miller represented California in the U.S. Senate from 1881 until his death. He supported several bills against Chinese immigrants.


    Light toning. One chip, lower right, not affecting text or signature.


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