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Madison Miller

Born: Feb 6, 1811

Death: Feb 27, 1896

Birthplace: Mercer

Nationality: United States

Madison Miller

Date of Birth : Feb 6, 1811
Date of Death : Feb 27, 1896
Birth Place : Mercer

Madison Miller was a US soldier, military officer and railroad manager. In the Mexican-American War, Miller held a captaincy within the 2nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Buena Vista. By the Civil War, Miller had already held posts as the mayor Carondelet, Missouri, president of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad, and Missouri State Legislator. He then organized the 1st Missouri Light Artillery and was made commanding captain of the unit. Miller soon distinguished himself in the Union defeat at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. In February, 1862, Miller was given the command of the 18th Missouri Volunteer Infantry following the removal of W. James Morgan as colonel. In the Battle of Shiloh, Miller commanded the 2nd Brigade in Benjamin Prentiss' division and took part in the fighting in the Hornet's Nest. Despite his courage in battle, he was taken prisoner when the men of the Hornet's Nest defense were captured. He was exchanged and returned to briefly command a brigade in the XVI Corps during the Winter of 1863-64. He resigned in March 1864 but was appointed Brigadier General in the Missouri State Militia in September 1864.

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