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Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 1
Birth:
05 Feb 1836 2
West Hill PA 2
Pennsylvania 1
Death:
10 Dec 1919 2
Carlisle PA 2
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Full Name:
William E Miller 1
Birth:
05 Feb 1836 2
West Hill PA 2
Pennsylvania 1
Death:
10 Dec 1919 2
Carlisle PA 2
Burial:
Gettysburg National Cemetery 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 1
Date:
03 Jul 1863 1
Location:
At Gettysburg, Pa 1
Military Unit:
Company H, 3d Pennsylvania Cavalry 1

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Without orders, led a charge of his squadron upon the flank of the enemy, checked his attack, and cut off and dispersed the rear of his column.

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in West Hill, Pennsylvania, he served as a Captain in command of Company H, 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, Union Army. On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863, Captain Miller on his own without orders, led a charge with squad of four troopers from his company upon a Confederate East Cavalry Field position. In this attack, he cut off and dispersed the enemy to the rear of his column. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 21, 1897. After the war, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and was the first Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. 

Third Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment Monument at Gettysburg

The monument to the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment is east of Gettysburg on the East Cavalry Battlefield near Cavalry Field Road. It was dedicated in 1890 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(39.8273° N , 77.16255° W; map)

 

The 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry was commanded at the Battle of Gettybsurg by Lieutenant Colonel Edward S. Jones. It brought 394 men to the field, losing 15 wounded and 6 missing.

 

Captain William E. Miller of Company 
H was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3rd when he "Without orders, led a charge of his squadron upon the flank of the enemy, checked his attack, and cut off and dispersed the rear of this column."

 

Monument map: East Cavalry Battlefield (south end)  

 

From the front of the monument:

 

Third Pennsylvania Cavalry

 

From around the base of the monument:

 

First Brigade
Second Division 
Cavalry Corps
Army of the Potomac

 

From the rear:

July 2nd 1863. 
Reached the field at noon from Hanover. 
Engaged dismounted a Confederate 
Brigade of Infantry on Brinkerhoff's Ridge
from 6 to 10 p.m. 
July 3rd engaged mounted and 
dismounted with the Confederate Cavalry 
Division on this field from 2 p.m. 
until evening portions of the Regiment. 
Advancing in a mounted charge 
and driving the enemy beyond the Rummel
Farm Buildings.

 

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