James Miller (Medal of Honor)
September 21, 1836|
|Died||March 4, 1914(aged 77)|
|Place of burial||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Navy
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
James Miller (September 21, 1836 – March 4, 1914) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War.
Of Norwegian descent, Miller was born in Denmark on September 21, 1836, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy from Massachusetts. He served aboard the steam gunboat USS Marblehead. During an engagement with Confederate forces on John's Island (near Legareville, South Carolina) by the Stono River on December 25, 1863, he continued to take soundings while under fire. For his conduct on this occasion, Quartermaster James Miller received the Medal of Honor and promoted to Acting Master's Mate.
Medal of Honor citation
Quartermaster Miller's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Served as quartermaster on board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, December 25, 1863, during an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Acting courageously under the fierce hostile fire, Miller behaved gallantly throughout the engagement which resulted in the enemy's withdrawal and abandonment of its arms.
- "United States Medals of Honor - Miller, James, Quartermaster, USN". Medal of Honor website. United States Army Center of Military History. 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.
- "US People - Miller, James, Quartermaster, USN". Online Library. Naval History & Heritage Command. 2003-06-10. Retrieved 2006-11-20.
- "James Miller at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum". Retrieved September 29, 2010.
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