Alonzo Miller Civil War papers
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Alonzo Miller Civil War papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Miller, Alonzo, 1839-1917
Title: Alonzo Miller Civil War papers
Dates: 1864 - 1865
Quantity: 1.0 folders
Quantity: Extent: 45 Letters; 1 Diary; Discharge Paper
Identification: ahc.MSS237f

Biographical/Historical Note

Alonzo Miller (1839-1917) was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, 12th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 17th He was born in New York City in October, 1839, but lived in Prescott, Wisconsin at the time of his enlistment in January, 1864. Miller was discharged on July 16, 1865, and moved back to Prescott, Wisconsin where he married Jerusha, in 1870, and had one child, Mary Angeline in 1871. Miller fought at The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the Battle of Atlanta, the Savannah Campaign and Campaign of the Carolina’s. He was wounded August 14, 1864, and on August 31, 1864, perhaps in battles in Dalton and Jonesboro, respectively. Additional information about Alonzo Miller has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of typed transcripts of Private Miller’s daily diary and letters to his family during his time as a soldier. The letters and diary chronicles the 12th regiment’s march from Wisconsin through Tennessee and Alabama and into Georgia. His papers provide detailed descriptions of the towns and countryside through which he travelled and include observations on the daily activities of soldiers, such as training and foraging, as well as comments on the weather and the general health of himself and his fellow troops. Miller described battles and skirmishes his brigade fought on its way to Atlanta. He describes the action of the Battle of Atlanta, and the subsequent march to Savannah, through the Carolinas, and into Washington, D.C., where he was part of the Grand Review of the Armies on May 24, 1865. He makes mention of the presidential election of November, 1864 and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April, 1865. Miller’s diary also chronicles his frustration over constraints on his mobility while in Washington and his train ride home to Wisconsin after the war ended.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Miller, Alonzo, 1839-1917
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alonzo Miller Papers, MSS 237f, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1956

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2009


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List



1Papers (copies and transcriptions), 1864-1865 View online.