James Miller

Commanding Officer 22nd Infantry

November 11, 1901 - August 11, 1903

 

 

James Miller was born in Massachusetts on February 11, 1844. In some accounts his birth year was listed as 1843.

On September 11, 1862 he enlisted as a Private in the 50th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. He was discharged
on August 24, 1863. On January 9, 1864 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry.
He served with that unit for the remainder of the Civil War, being promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 8, 1864,
and was honorably mustered out on November 14, 1865.

Miller was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the 16th Infantry on February 23, 1866, an appointment which
he accepted on April 26 of that year. On July 28, 1866, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

 

James Miller as a young Lieutenant

Photo from the Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
via Ancestry.com

 

 

On April 17, 1869 he was transferred to the 2nd Infantry. He was Regimental Quartermaster of that regiment
from January 1, 1871 to August 20, 1873. He served with that organization for ten years and was promoted
to the rank of Captain on June 7, 1879.

On April 26, 1898 he was made a Major in the 20th Infantry. (The 22nd Infantry Regimental History has Miller listed
as being promoted to Major of the 22nd Infantry in 1900.)

He served briefly with the 22nd Infantry from September 10 to November 13, 1900. On November 13, 1900
he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the 19th Infantry. He served in that capacity for almost a year, when,
on November 11, 1901, he was promoted to Colonel of the 22nd Infantry and assumed command of the Regiment,
upon the death of Colonel John French.

On August 11, 1903 Miller was promoted to Brigadier General, and relinquished command of the 22nd Infantry.
At his own request, he formally retired from the Army the next day, on August 12, 1903, after 40 years' service.

James Miller died on December 11, 1916, at Temple, New Hampshire of heart disease
which he had been struggling with for about three years.

He was an Original Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
and a member of the Society of the Army of Santiago de Cuba.

 

James Miller's decorations

 

 

 

Burial:
East Cemetery
Temple
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

 

Grave marker for James Miller

Photo by Agate from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

Grave marker for James Miller

Photo by Rick Weaver from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

 


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