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JAMES N. MILLER, Company "A"

The Story of Andersonville & Florence
By James Newton Miller, 1900

Photo - W. T. Sherman, GAR Post 284, Sac City, IA
Courtesy of the Sac County IAGenWeb

     James Newton Miller probably lived in Waynesburg, PA and joined the 12th West Virginia in nearby Marshall County, WV. He was taken prisoner at New Market, VA and later wrote about his captivity in the Andersonville and Florence prison camps.

     James married Sue P. and they lived in Sac City, Iowa. In the 1880 census for Jackson Twp., Sac County, Iowa, James is 38 - editor - he and parents all born in PA. His wife is Sue P., age 34 - she and her parents also born in PA. One child, a daughter, Mary Blaine(?), 3 years old, was born in Iowa.

James is listed on the Sac County, IAGenWeb page as one of the charter members of the W. T. Sherman GAR Post, founded 1884.

"Sac City Quasquicentennial, 1855-1980"

     The pioneer newspaper in Sac City was the Sac Sun. It was established in 1871 by James N. Miller. The first paper was issued on July 11 of that year. The Sun office was located where the west part of Chief Clothing is today.
     In 1884, Miller took on a partner, Sydney Smith. For the following six years the paper ran under the name of Miller & Smith. Other employees at that time included Herbert Gordon, Dick Robertson, Frank Comestock, Fay Brenton and John Gray.
     On October 1, 1891, Sumner E. Barnard and B. W. McKeen gained possession of the Sac Sun They shared duties until August 23, 1893. At that time Samuel M. Stouffer and brother, Frank E. Stouffer took over the newspaper. Samuel was editor, and Frank, business manager. The Stouffers controlled the paper until 1929.

National Archives Pension File

Transcribed by Laurie Dean

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C. January 15, 1898

Certificate No. 333.912
Name: James N. Miller

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Sue Porter Miller - Sue Porter

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. March 29, 1871, Dunbar, Pa.; Rev. A. B. Miller

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. Marriage Certificate of clergyman

Fourth. Were you previously married?
Answer. No

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Mary Blaine Miller, July 19, 1876
James Cuyler Miller, January 4, 1886

James N. Miller

Date of reply, July 5, 1898

Declaration for Pension.

State of Kansas, County of Sedgwick, ss:
     On this 24th day of May, one thousand nine hundred and twelve, personally appeared before me, a county clerk within and for the county and state aforesaid, James N. Miller, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 65 years of age, and a resident of Wichita, county of Sedgwick, State of Kansas, and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Cameron, West Virginia, under the name of James N. Miller on the 26th day of July , 1862, as a Private, in Co. A, Twelfth West Virginia Infantry in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was Honorably Discharged at Camp Chase, Ohio, on the 19th day of June, 1865.

That he was not employed in the military or naval services of the United States othewise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 9 inches; complexion, fair; color of eyes, brown; color of hair, light; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born August 25, 1846, at Brownsville, Penna.

That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: 1865 Waynesburg, Pa., 1870 Sac City, Ia. 1892 Des Moines, Ia., 1902 Morrison, OK. 1907 Wichita, Kansas.

That his post-office address is Wichita, county of Sedgwick, State of Kansas.

James N. Miller

O. A. Bell
C. E. Heller

Sac City, Iowa, April 6, 1882

     I, James N. Miller, late private, Co. A, 12th Regt, W. Va. Vol. Inf., do hereby state: That for second year previous to enlistment (July 26, 1862), I was working on a farm near Brownsville, Pa. For first year next previous to enlistment I was attending school at Waynesburg, Pa. For five years succeeding my discharge (June 19, 1865) I attended school at Waynesburg, Greene Co., Pa. Since 1870, I have resided at Sac City, Iowa.

     My disability was incurred after my capture at New Market, Va (May 15, 1864), under Gen. Sigel, the rebel forces under Gen. Breckenridge. Was taken to Andersonville prison and kept until Sept. 8, 1864, while confined then I contracted diarrheas, and scurvy, from the former of which I have not recovered, and from which I still suffer. I received a little medical treatment at Andersonville, but did not go into hospital.
     On the 8th day of Sept., 1864, I was removed from Andersonville, and taken to Florence, S. C. while here I was for awhile in hospital, but the medical treatment amounted to but little. On the 8th of Dec., 1864, I was paroled, as one of the sick, and sent into our lines at Charleston, S. C. From here I was taken by steamer to Annapolis, Md., where I received furlough, and on return was taken to Camp Chase, Ohio, where I received another furlough on account of sickness, and on my return was kept until close of war. Did not return to my Co. or Regt but received my discharge at Camp Chase, June 19, 1865................................

Jas. N. Miller


Buried in the Wichita 56th G. A. R. Post area in Highland Cemetery, Wichita, KS.
[Photo by John A. Jackson]