Clell Miller

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Clell Miller (January 9, 1850 - September 7, 1876) (also known as Cleland D. Miller or Clenand Miller or McClelland Miller) was an outlaw with the James-Younger Gang who was killed during the gang's robbery at Northfield, Minnesota.

Miller was born on either January 9, 1850 (the date on his tombstone) or December 15, 1849 in Kearney, Missouri.[1] His younger brother Edward T. Miller also joined the gang and was allegedly killed by Jesse James in 1881.

Military Time with Bloody Bill[edit]

At the age of just 14, Clell Miller joined Bloody Bill Anderson's guerrillas during the American Civil War. He was captured during the skirmish in which Anderson was killed on October 26, 1864. This was Miller's first and only war time combat, and he was lucky not to have been executed by his captors. However, because of his youth he was sent to St. Louis, Missouri at the Gratiot Street Prison. His father obtained his release in April 1865, perjuring himself by saying the family had always been Union supporters. Miller was described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, with dark reddish auburn hair.[1]

Outlaw Career[edit]

The following James gang events were allegedly attributed to Miller:[2]


On September 7, 1876 Miller was shot and killed by townspeople in the robbery attempt on the First National Bank of Northfield, along with outlaw Bill Chadwell and bank cashier Joseph Lee Heywood and citizen Nicholas Gustavson. Wounded in the fight were Frank James, Charlie Pitts {later killed}, Cole Younger, Jim Younger, and Bob Younger as well as Northfield citizen Alonzo E. Bunker.

Miller's body was photographed and then buried in Northfield. However, his father claimed the body and Miller was buried at Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney.[3]

Cultural Depiction in Film and Television[edit]


  1. ^ a b D. H. Rule. "James-Younger Gang: Outlaws". Civil War St. Louis. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  2. ^ Nick McCarty. "A Timeline of Events in the History of the James-Younger Gang". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Clell Miller (1849 - 1876)". Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2011-03-16.