G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
27th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 6/1/63 Harrisburg, PA
Mustered Out: 8/1/63 Harrisburg, PA
7th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Oraganized: 10/1/61 Camp Cameron, Harrisburg, PA
Mustered Out: 8/13/65 Macon, GA
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (27th)
Considered “Emergency Troops of 1863,” the 27th was one of eight Pennsylvania regiments formed as rumors concerning Confederate forces invading Border States grew into fact. Volunteers were called by Gov. Curtin to cover the “existing emergency.”
As an infantry/militia unit, the 27th performed duties at Columbia and Wrightsville and also participated in the defense/destruction of a railroad bridge. The regiment, like its contemporaries, was mustered out not long after the battle of Gettysburg.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (7th)
Formed in 1861 the 7th, a three-year unit, left the state almost immediately and, during the next two years, was almost continuously active in scouts, skirmishes and battles throughout the War’s “western theater.” In early 1864 most of the regiment’s original members reenlisted and, with new recruits, the unit was brought up to strength of 1800 men.
Drill and preparation at Columbia, TN preceded the spring campaign during which the 7th saw action at Rome, Dallas, Villa Rica Road, Big Shanty, and McAfee Crossroads, Noonday Creek and Kennesaw Mtn. to name but a few Georgia locations. The strenuous campaigning cost the regiment in both men and horses and lead to a period of refitting at Louisville, KY.
After the battle of Nashville, the 7th was stationed at Gravelly Springs, AL where it again drilled and made preparations for spring ’65 campaigning. In late March, 1865 the unit raided through Alabama and Georgia with Gen. Wilson. It lost heavily leading the assault upon the enemy’s works at Selma, AL and concluded its combat career at Columbus, KY.
Residence: Broad Mtn. PA Age: 15.0 yrs.
Enrolled: 6/16/63 Pottsville, PA Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 8/1/63 Harrisburg, PA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Residence: Broad Mtn. PA Age: 16.0
Enrolled: 2/12/64 Pottsville, PA Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 8/23/65 Macon, GA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
John H. Miller was born 2/18/48 in St. Clair, PA. All that is known about his birth family is that he was one of at least three children as, at death, he was survived by a brother, Joseph L. and a sister, Hannah. No details are available on his formative years.
The 5’8” dark complexioned teenaged warrior’s two terms in the U.S. Army appear to have been fairly benign. No significant details are documented on his stint with the 27th. The only traumas noted during his tenure with the 7th were his being hospitalized with the measles and contraction of a severe cold which settled in his liver and kidneys, causing him continued pain and suffering in those organs until his death.
After the war Private Miller returned to Schuylkill Co., PA. On 6/3/66 in Mahanoy City, PA he married Catherine Houser. They would produce five children: Ellen Elizabeth (5/25/68), Laura (4/1/70), William Jacob (4/26/72), Joseph Lamar (4/30/70), and Mary Catherine (6/10/78).
In 1866 John and Catherine removed from Pennsylvania to Illinois. They remained there for one year before settling in Wisconsin for another. The family then moved westward to the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory, where it appears they spent four years in Seattle before putting down long-term roots in Snohomish.
What prompted the Millers to move to the Puget Sound area is not known. Also, the nature of John’s “laborer” jobs in this region is not documented. Catherine Miller died 1/8/09. John lived to the age of 78.3 years. He died 6/5/26. At passing he was receiving a $50 monthly government disability stipend based on health problems attributed to his Civil War soldiering in the 7th PA Cav.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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